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On April 23, 2019, billionaire hologram producer, Alki David, lashed out at female attorney Lisa Bloom during his cross-examination for a sexual harassment trial against him. David is the CEO of FilmOn, a company that offers TV channels over the internet and various mobile apps, and Hologram USA.

The Case

David has been accused of sexual harassment by Chastity Jones, who worked for two of David’s companies, Hologram USA and FilmOn.TV. She worked as a sales accountant. She alleges that David fired her in November 2016 after she refused to have sex with David. Ms. Jones testified that David inappropriately touched her and that David showed her a pornographic video on her work computer.

The Outburst

David’s outburst occurred during his trial for sexual harassment. His target was Jones’ attorney, Lisa Bloom, and her mother, Gloria Allred. Specifically, he stated: “I think you are an abhorrent woman. Do something with your life, woman.” He also told Bloom that she had “no morals,” and that she was a “cruel and opportunistic thief.”

At one point during the cross-examination, David got down off the stand, got on his knees, and offered his wallet to Jones. He even went as far as to say that the judge should enter a default judgment against him.

The Morale

The type of conduct that Ms. Jones has alleged is a form of sexual harassment as well as sexual abuse. Although these cases can be very touchy and overwhelming, reporting the harassment is often one of the best things you can do for the situation. Sexual harassment or abuse cases are notoriously underreported for a variety of reasons, from embarrassment to fear of the consequences of the reporting.

David’s conduct in this situation and at trial is unacceptable in many ways. He is likely angry and lashing out because he knows what he did was wrong, and he is being called out on it. All of his outrageous antics are being showcased to a jury who will, more than likely, have very little sympathy for him.

Getting Help

If you or a loved has suffered through sexual abuse, you may have legal options that can help you deal with many of the negative side effects of this type of treatment. You may have emotional or physical trauma that you need to address. The emotional and mental toll that these cases take on the victim is often significant—but you do not have to go through this alone. In some cases, entities in charge (such as a school, church or other business may be legally liable for the actions of their employee or even some third-parties, especially if they knew the harassment was occurring and did nothing to correct it. Contact Manibog Law for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

For victim support and additional information, contact the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA):

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