LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A woman who alleges she was groped and sexually harassed while working for a year for a hologram producer and television content streamer is entitled to more than $10 million, her attorney told a jury today, but a lawyer for the companies owned by the businessman said the woman has not proven her case.
The two sides made their pitches to a Los Angeles Superior Court jury during final arguments in 36-year-old Mahim Khan’s lawsuit against 51-year-old Alki David and his companies, FilmOn TV, Hologram USA Inc. and Alki David Productions.
David was not present for the final arguments. During the trial, he was repeatedly warned by Judge Michelle Williams Court to cease his courtroom outbursts in which he repeatedly attacked the characters of Khan and her attorneys, who work for the law firm of Gloria Allred.
David’s disregard of court orders led the judge to sharply limit the defense he could present on his own behalf. She also stripped him of his ability to represent himself during the trial.
The judge’s actions regarding David left it largely up to attorney Ellyn Garofalo, who represents the David companies, to try and limit the effect of his conduct on the jury.
But lawyer Nathan Goldberg, representing Khan, said there have to be consequences for what David allegedly did to Khan in the workplace, where she was a production assistant for David from about October 2014 until she says she was forced to resign because of the stress about a year later.
Goldberg alleged David routinely groped Khan’s private parts and breasts, made moaning sounds of pleasure and then walked away and laughed.
David also would often drop his pants and shorts and twist his lower to make it appear he had the genitals of a woman rather than a man, Goldberg alleged.
But Garofalo said Khan provided little evidence through impartial witnesses to support her claims. She said a lot of the emotional distress Khan claims she suffered while working for David may be attributable instead to nearly 20 years of mental and physical abuse she admitted she suffered at the hands of her conservative Muslin father. Khan’s mother gave her little support in dealing with her father, Garofalo said.
Khan never complained about David until about two months before she
quit, Garofalo said.
David was behind the hologram technology that brought slain rapper Tupac Shakur to Coachella in 2012 and saw the late Michael Jackson moonwalk at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.