Top Hollywood Agent Sued For Sexual Harassment
BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE's talent agent has been dragged into a legal battle with a former female assistant - amid accusations of sexual harassment.
Heather Devlin claims Todd Shemarya created a hostile work environment by exposing her to internet porn, "parading naked" around her, and even mocking his Hollywood clients - who also include Leonardo DiCaprio and Pitt's ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (04Nov08), Devlin further alleges that Shemarya, co-founder of Todd Shemarya Associates (TSA), stole a pair of vintage Cartier watches sent to clients Pitt and Aniston, while they were married, and gave them to a friend as a wedding present.
The suit also recalls an incident in which Shemarya showed Devlin photos of a nude Pitt from a banned 1997 issue of Playgirl magazine while "ridicul(ing) the size of Pitt's penis" and referring to Aniston as "an ugly b**ch".
Devlin maintains she was fired after nine years as Shemarya's assistant, months after he hired his gay lover and put him in charge of some of her accounts.
Devlin's lawyer Keith A. Fink tells the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, "Ms. Devlin was exposed to a constant barrage of offensive sexual, racial and religious comments. TSA's celebrity clients would usually be the centre of his ridicule."
However, Shemarya has furiously denied the allegations, saying: "These are false accusations. This is a disgruntled employee who I fired about a year ago. And now she's trying to extort money."