Britney’s Hostile Work Environment?
Britney Spears is the subject of a new harassment lawsuit filed September 8, 2010 by her former bodyguard, Fernando Flores. In an action for a hostile work environment, Flores listed a variety of claims involving possible child abuse and inappropriate sexual conduct by Spears, all of which the pop star denied. Specifically, Flores claimed that Spears repeatedly exposed herself to him and engaged in sexual acts in both his presence and the presence of her two children. He also claimed that Spears fed her children crabmeat until they vomited knowing that they had a severe fish allergy, and had used Flores’ belt to “viciously” beat older son Sean Preston on at least one occasion.
When asked for comment, Spears called the lawsuit an “unfortunate situation where someone is trying to take advantage of the Spears family and make a name for himself. The Department of Children and Family Services conducted a proper investigation surrounding Mr. Flores’ accusations and have closed the case without any further action.” Spears’ former husband, and father of the two boys, Kevin Federline, commented that the lawsuit was “baseless” and that in his opinion it was clearly the “product of economic motives.”
The suit was filed Wednesday with L.A. County Superior Court, and sources have informed the media that Flores also made a statement with the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services. Without confirmation from DCFS, sources have indicated that they have indeed investigated the allegations, and subsequently determined that the claim by the former bodyguard has no merit. Claims of abuse and harassment can be incredibly hard to prove in court when no record of the incidents was made, and the only witness is the party filing the action. This leaves the plaintiff with a heavy burden to prove their case. Without the help of child services to establish the facts of his case, Flores has a large mountain to climb if he plans to succeed with his allegations before a judge.
-Molly Haas, ASU