Officer claims Chicago’s former high cop sexually assaulted her
Former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson raped and repeatedly sexually assaulted his former driver for greater than three years, a stunning new lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit, filed late Wednesday by Officer Cynthia Donald — who was with Johnson the evening he was out ingesting and fell asleep behind the wheel of his SUV, which led to his firing last year — claims the previous high cop first sexually assaulted her in his workplace in the summertime of 2016.
Johnson allegedly entered the room and compelled Donald onto a sofa, the place he pulled her pants down with out her consent and “forcibly carried out undesirable oral intercourse” on her, based on the submitting.
“Superintendent Johnson then ejaculated onto Plaintiff’s physique and informed her, ‘now you already know you belong to me,” the lawsuit states.
Johnson proceeded to have interaction in “common and frequent” acts of sexual harassment and abuse towards Donald, persevering with till the top of final yr, based on the lawsuit.
“Superintendent Johnson, whereas serving as Plaintiff’s superior and direct supervisor, engaged in shockingly violent, abusive and harassing conduct in direction of Plaintiff,” the lawsuit claims. “Superintendent Johnson compelled oral intercourse on [Donald]. Superintendent Johnson compelled vaginal intercourse on [Donald].”
Johnson additionally ordered Donald to come back to his lodge room to “have interaction in sexual exercise” throughout work-related journeys between 2016 and 2019, her lawsuit claims.
On a number of events, Johnson allegedly made crude remarks after forcing Donald to carry out a intercourse act on him, together with “you get me by this job” and claiming that town owed her “one other test” for making his workday simpler.
The previous high cop additionally despatched Donald nude photographs of himself, based on the lawsuit, together with one in every of his penis.
Donald held a information convention Thursday to element the allegations, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“My hope in coming ahead publicly … is that different girls who’re additionally survivors of abuse and harassment by Superintendent Johnson and different male Chicago Division officers can have braveness,” Donald informed reporters, including that the division and metropolis officers wanted to held accountable for what occurred to her.
An legal professional for Johnson stated he “adamantly” denied the allegations, whereas the previous high cop additionally issued a separate assertion late Thursday, the Tribune reported.
“The allegations of sexual assault and harassment made by Ms. Donald by no means occurred,” Johnson stated. “Her accusations will not be solely patently false, they’re egregiously dehumanizing in direction of true victims who’ve actually suffered sexual assault and harassment within the office.”
Donald’s lawsuit additionally claims Johnson destroyed cellphone proof of their relationship throughout an investigation into him being discovered asleep on the wheel of a working metropolis car in October 2019, which finally led to his termination for “insupportable conduct” in December weeks earlier than he was set to retire.
“Eddie Johnson informed Officer Donald particularly that he destroyed and wiped his personal cellphone earlier than turning it in,” Donald’s legal professional, Robert McLaughlin, stated Thursday.
McLaughlin additionally stated Donald didn’t really feel secure reporting the alleged assaults to anybody within the division, the Tribune reported.
“This was the highest-ranking officer in CPD,” McLaughlin informed reporters. “It is a boss with a badge and a gun.”