A former assistant to David Caruso, who alleges the actor reneged on a deal to pay her $450,000 in exchange for assisting him in fighting the claims of another assistant, will have to give her full name in future court pleadings, a judge ruled Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin agreed with attorneys for Caruso that the woman was not legally justified in identifying herself only as Jane Doe.
The judge also handed the plaintiff a mixed ruling in her claims against Caruso, his company, Greta Films Inc., and Venable LLP, a law firm she also named as a defendant when she brought her lawsuit on Feb. 25.
The judge said Doe could move forward with her claims against Caruso for sexual assault and battery, breach of an oral contract and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Fruin said Doe will have to shore up her claims of wrongful termination, fraud and negligent misrepresentation for them to remain in the lawsuit.
Fruin said Doe’s causes of action against Venable — alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and that the law firm put its interests ahead of those of the plaintiff — will all have to be clarified to stay in the complaint.
Doe was hired by Caruso in 2015 and helped him plan trips to Cuba and arranged for his transportation as well as prostitutes who allegedly served him, according to her lawsuit, which says she lived with the actor’s second assistant.
In December 2016, the other assistant “had a nervous breakdown due to the toxic work environment fostered by the Caruso defendants,” according to Doe’s suit, which says the unnamed assistant planned to sue Caruso and asked Doe to assist her. Caruso then offered Doe $450,000 and help in finding an apartment for her and her sister if she cooperated with him, according to the complaint.
Caruso gave Doe $14,000 for her apartment lease and leased a car on her behalf, but she did not receive the promised $450,000, her suit alleges. Doe alleges she was fired in February 2017.
Doe further alleges that attorneys for Venable, representing the former “CSI: Miami” star, prepared a false documents for her to sign that they intended to use against his other assistant and that they convinced her at the time to give up potential sexual harassment claims she had against the 63-year-old actor, which included unwelcome touching.
However, Doe ultimately included sexual assault and battery among her lawsuit claims against Caruso.
Kirsten Spira, a lawyer representing Venable, said two of Doe’s three claims were filed too late.