5:12pm PT by Ashley Cullins
Jury Awards $11M in Damages in Alki David Sexual Assault Trial
FilmOn.TV founder Alki David has been ordered to pay $8 million in punitive damages to a woman who accused him of sexual assault, a California jury found Friday.
Chasity Jones in February 2017 sued David, as well as his companies FilmOn.TV and Hologram USA. Jones says she was fired for refusing David’s sexual advances, and that he groped her in the workplace on multiple occasions. The complaint also claims David hired a stripper for an office birthday party and showed his employees lewd photos and videos. (Jones' coworker Elizabeth Taylor joined her in filing the suit, and her trial is currently set for July.)
David's behavior during the trial made headlines and, interestingly, it was Jones' lawyer Lisa Bloom who pushed for him to take the stand. Bloom told L.A. County Superior Court judge Rafael Ongkeko on Wednesday that she needed David to testify because she couldn't prove a punitive damages award was appropriate without his testimony about his mental state to show that he was "aware that his behavior was harmful to women in the workplace."
Ongkeko noted that Bloom might regret saying she couldn't prove damages without him but, ultimately, he did show up.
Apparently, David's outbursts didn't sit well with the jurors, who also awarded Jones just over $3 million in compensatory damages.
A rep for David sent The Hollywood Reporter a very brief statement from the exec: “Ridiculous...I’m not paying it.”
"$11 million is a huge verdict for us and for all victims. We have fought for this outcome for 2.5 years and I am so glad we persisted," Bloom said in addressing the damages in a statement on Friday. "I encourage everyone to stand up for your rights."