A woman Friday sued an unidentified former politician who she alleges sexually assaulted her after giving her a strange drink during a 2007 golf outing.
The woman, who prefers to be identified only as Jane Doe, seeks unspecified damages in her Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleging sexual battery, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress against the defendant identified only as John Doe.
The plaintiff met the man in 2005 at a golf tournament when she was 14 years old, the suit states. He was an elected politician and she was a star teen athlete, the suit states.
John Doe invited the plaintiff to play golf at Hillcrest Country Club in January 2007 when she was 16 years old, the suit states. Several hours into their game, he handed her a cup of ice water that had such a peculiar taste that she stopped drinking after a few sips, the suit states.
Jane Doe later collapsed, but did not become unconscious, the suit states. While driving her to a hospital emergency room, John Doe reached inside her shirt and rubbed her breasts, the suit states.
“Mr. Doe then reached down her shorts and fondled her vagina,” the suit states. “Ms. Doe was frozen from shock.”
John Doe left immediately after they reached the hospital, the suit states.
The plaintiff never confronted John Doe or reported the incident to police because she feared law enforcement would not believe her and that he would retaliate against her or her family, the suit states.
Jane Doe internalized her feelings of shame and self-blame and ended up withdrawing from a California university she attended on a golf scholarship in her freshman year, the suit states. She then stopped playing golf altogether, the suit states.
Jane Doe married and became pregnant in 2017 and began to relive her nightmare about John Doe, regretting she did not tell the police, according to the complaint.
She was emboldened by the actions of women in the #MeToo movement and “wanted to show her daughter that she can be strong and that what happened to her was not OK,” the suit states.
“She also decided to speak up in hopes it would diminish the occurrence of sexual abuse so that her daughter would not have to suffer similar experiences in the future,” according to the complaint.
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