The lawsuit contains allegations of undesirable sexual acts in Johnson’s private workplace at CPD Headquarters, claims Johnson texted nude pictures to Donald, says Johnson conditioned Donald’s employment and developments inside CPD upon her submission to undesirable sexual exercise and alleges Lightfoot exacerbated the hostile work surroundings by ordering Johnson to “dump” Cynthia Donald and have her relocated.
CNN has reached out to Eddie Johnson’s lawyer, Tom Needham, for remark.
“After the primary time he sexually assaulted me in his workplace at CPD headquarters he advised me that I belonged to him. He referred to me as his lady,” Donald mentioned in ready remarks Thursday.
“Mayor Lori Lightfoot had a possibility to research and uncover Eddie Johnson’s abusive conduct towards me, she as a substitute ordered Eddie to dump me by demoting me to a desk job,” Donald mentioned. “I’m calling on Mayor Lightfoot and Superintendent David Brown to deal with the longstanding issues sexual misconduct inside CPD and the boys membership tradition that allows abusers and promotes a code of silence.”
Bob McLaughlin, one of many attorneys representing Donald, mentioned at the least “half a dozen” officers knew about this ongoing relationship.
“At no time was it consensual. It was all the time undesirable, all the time underneath duress, all the time underneath intimidation, all the time underneath concern that if she did not comply she might be terminated or demoted,” McLaughlin added.
“This case is about sexual and emotional torture and by the hands of these on the highest ranges of the Chicago Police Division and metropolis authorities and it should cease,” Steve Hart, lawyer for Cynthia Donald, mentioned.
A Legislation Division spokesperson with Mayor Lightfoot’s workplace responded to the submitting, saying, “We’re conscious of the lawsuit filed by Cynthia Donald in opposition to Mr. Johnson and the Metropolis. Mr. Johnson was terminated from his function as superintendent in connection along with his conduct throughout the occasions of October 16-17, 2019. We can’t touch upon the precise allegations, which, if true, can be inexcusable. Mayor Lightfoot emphatically denies, and customary sense dictates, that Eddie Johnson ever advised the Mayor about allegations of abuse or harassment of Cynthia Donald by Eddie Johnson. Ms. Donald’s legal professionals by no means claimed in any other case.”
The Chicago Inspector Normal is ready to launch the abstract of his investigation into former CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s conduct this week.