A wolf of Wall Street will have to pay $18 million for sexually harassing and then trashing online his pretty Swedish underling, a Manhattan jury found Monday.
The federal jury awarded Hanna Bouveng, 25, the payday in her case against her married ex-boss Benjamin Wey, the 43-year-old CEO of the billion-dollar New York Global Group.
Bouveng should get $2 million in compensatory damages over the harassment and defamation, the four-man, four-woman jury decided, and then heaped on another $16 million for punitive damages.
She testified that Wey pressured her into having sex with him at the luxury Financial District apartment he had rented for her.
Wey lasted just two minutes during the pair’s first tryst, her lawyer had said in opening statements.
When he later found another man in Bouveng’s bed, he was so furious that Wey fired her that day, kicked her out of the apartment and e-mailed her dad in what would be the beginning of a grimy online campaign against her.
“I saw a 6-foot-tall homeless black man named James lying on her bed. The man was totally naked, dirty, totally drunk and perhaps on illegal drugs,” Wey wrote to Bouveng’s father, Nils Sundqvist, in one e-mail entered into evidence.
Wey also e-mailed her family and friends and called her a “Swedish party girl” and prostitute on his bizarre site, TheBlot.
Bouveng had also testified that Wey pressured her into sharing a hotel room him on business trips
A female juror, asked after the decision if she’d be comfortable spending a night in a hotel room with Wey, smirked and said, “No comment!”
“We felt she was hurt in everything that came out on social media and in the media,” the juror added.
“We hope it will make companies and individuals think twice before personally defaming someone else.”
Bouveng gave a small smile to her lawyers as the jury foreman read aloud the first verdict of $2 million.
Even though Wey showed up grinning every day of the trial, he skipped court for Monday’s expected verdict.
SOURCE: Josh Saul
The New York Post