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Choose tosses alleged sexual harassment lawsuit in opposition to former Chicago high cop

CHICAGO — A federal choose has tossed out a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment in opposition to former Chicago Police Division superintendent Eddie Johnson, in response to court docket paperwork obtained by WGN Information.

Choose Elain Bucklo issued an opinion Wednesday dismissing all claims within the lawsuit, which was filed 4 years in the past in opposition to the Metropolis of Chicago and Johnson alleging he sexually harassed and discriminated former CPD officer Cynthia Donald.

“Eddie Johnson repeatedly abused and harassed me and made it clear I needed to observe his orders, which included undesirable sexual exercise so as to hold my job,” Donald stated 4 years in the past when the lawsuit was filed. “The Chicago Police Division and Metropolis of Chicago should be held accountable for what occurred to me and what’s seemingly taking place to different feminine officers.”

Donald served as Johnson’s driver and was with him the night time of the notorious Oct. 2019 incident when the then-superintendent was discovered slumped over the wheel of his SUV, to which afterward he admitted to having drinks with Donald that night time.

“Although Donald presents some proof that could possibly be construed as alerts to Johnson that his conduct was unwelcome,” Bucklo wrote in her opinion. “It’s overwhelmed by proof on the contrary.”

The complete opinion and order written by Bucklo will be learn on the backside of this text.

Bucklo wrote that proof, like textual content messages and pictures confirmed “the connection between Donald and Johnson was consensual.” 

In keeping with the court docket doc, Donald despatched Johnson specific texts, telling him that she beloved him.

Donald went on to inform Bucklo she was intimidated by Johnson and sought to appease him to keep away from hurt and hold her job.

An lawyer representing Johnson shared the next assertion with WGN Information:

“Mr. Johnson is extraordinarily happy and grateful for Courtroom’s Ruling immediately dismissing Ms. Donald’s claims. The Courtroom clearly obtained it proper and utilized a standard sense evaluation. Mr. Johnson has at all times owned as much as and acknowledged that he engaged in a consensual  relationship with Ms. Donald.”

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