James Brown Sex Suit May Go to Supreme Court
Fri, 17 Nov 2006 15:51:44
Jacque Hollander is hoping that the Supreme Court will agree to hear her $106 million sexual harassment suit against her former boss, James Brown, whom she alleges raped her at gunpoint in 1988.
The Supreme Court is the last chance for Hollander, who has already had her case rejected by a lower court and a federal court. Both courts cited a two-year statute of limitations, which unplugged any possible litigation all the way back in 1990. Hollander claims that the two-year limit is unfair to victims of sexual abuse, and that her case has special considerations that should extend those terms. Hollander was diagnosed with Graves' disease in 2000, and learned in 2003 that the disease had been caused by the stress related to her assault. Her attorney, Donald Rosen, is arguing that the statute of limitations should be applied from 2003, and thus would not have expired, as Hollander initially filed her complaint against Brown in 2005.
The attorney for the Hardest Working Man in Showbiz, Debra Opri, didn't seem worried about a date in court, dismissing the potential Supreme Court hearing as "a pipe dream."
If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the case, "then her only recourse is in the court of public opinion," said Rosen. "That would be a horrible miscarriage of justice."
Hollander claims that Brown drove her to a secluded area in 1988, threatened her with a shotgun, and then "raped, beat and mentally tortured her over the course of several hours."
--The ARTISTdirect Staff