Alki David, the billionaire who founded, among other things, the company Hologram USA, has now been ordered to pay what a legal expert tells the Los Angeles Times is one of the largest sums of damages ever awarded in any civil employment case: $58.25 million both compensatory and punitive damages to Mahim Khan, a former employee he allegedly sexually harassed while she worked for him.
The ruling is only the latest such decision by a jury against David. A week prior to the ruling awarding Khan $50 million in punitive damages, the jury in the case had already awarded $8.25 million in compensatory damages to her, the third former employee of David’s to accuse him of sexual misconduct.
In April, David was ordered to pay a total of $11.1 million in damages to Chastity Jones, and in November a former Hologram USA comedy writer named Lauren Reeves was awarded some $5 million in damages from David for various harassment allegations. Altogether, David has had verdicts totaling almost $74 million in compensatory and punitive damages against him, with two more sexual harassment cases reportedly pending. That’s not counting the case of Elizabeth Taylor, who worked for David’s FilmOn TV as an account executive, which was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
For David’s part, he has denied the most serious allegations against him, saying that he “never touched any of these women,” but he failed to successfully convince the jury in the Khan case of this. According to the report on the case in the Los Angeles Times, his conduct in the courtroom was nothing short of a debacle:
“David, who represented himself in the Taylor trial, remained belligerent, defiant and disruptive throughout his multiple trials in Los Angeles County Superior Court. He frequently erupted in profanity-laced outbursts while mocking his accusers and their attorneys, earning him nearly $10,000 in sanctions; he was ejected from the courtroom on several occasions.”
One of the jurors who awarded the $58 million to Khan was 90-year-old Reg Green, who went as far as calling David’s conduct “grotesque.” He says this was a big factor in the jury’s decision to award such a large sum in punitive damages in the case.
Source: Celebrity Net Worth