David Siegel must pay $5.4M in sex lawsuit

There are 184 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 21, 2008, titled David Siegel must pay $5.4M in sex lawsuit. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A former spa manager for Orlando time-share mogul David Siegel , who claimed she fought off his obsessive romantic advances, groping and a $1 million offer for sex, was awarded nearly $5.4 million Wednesday by ...

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julary

Winter Park, FL

#1 Feb 21, 2008
This sounds like a woman who really enjoyed being "sexually harrassed." It's a he-said she-said, but this verdict seems pretty fishy.
Siegel Support Team

Loganville, GA

#2 Feb 21, 2008
Anyone with the money and notiriety of David Siegel is a target for money, no matter what the claim. Its just a sad fact in life.

This woman worked for 14 years happy as anything and all of a sudden hooked up with a lawyer to shake this guy down for cash? This woman sounds worse than my ex wife.

SHAME ON HER, please leave Central Florida.
Diogenes

Houston, TX

#3 Feb 21, 2008
Didn't I read where she was a beautician by trade or trained as a beautician? Who would have ever guessed something like this would happen.

Okay all you young women out there. Find a rich guy and then get him interested in you. You'll be in the money one way or the other.

Oh yeah, I forgot to add, if you have to go this way to get it you've got to have an O.J. jury to go along with you. But, if you line it up you're set for the rest of your life.

The question I keep asking myself, if she objected to anything why didn't she say so when it first happened AND why did she stick around if anything objectionable was repeated?
magicfan

Leesburg, FL

#4 Feb 21, 2008
Obviously none of the first 3 writers have ever met David Seigel. Clearly one of the biggest egos on the planet, and he considers himself above reproach, and above the law. He got what he deserved, even if she didn't deserve the money. Look at his history, folks. He is definitely NOT the victim here. And clearly, his lawsuit against her triggered her actions. Read the entire article, #3
WTF

United States

#5 Feb 21, 2008
Why were the comments for the David Siegel verdict removed yesterday after someone asked about the missing hottie that used to work for him?
realist

Ocala, FL

#6 Feb 21, 2008
EVEN if this is all true, the award is excessive.
Mousquito Beater

Clermont, FL

#7 Feb 21, 2008
If I've followed the story line correctly Mr. Siegel started legal action by sueing a former employee and isn't happy that his employee brought up more facts and turned around and sued him. It appears that there were enough facts for the court of appeals to direct the case to trial. The rule of law prevailed and the case went to a jury and the jury decided the case against the billionaire. So for outrageous conduct he was essentially fined 1/2 of a percent of his net worth. Under the circumstances, it's hard for me to fell that Mr. Siegel was taken advantage of.............
Cooks

Orlando, FL

#8 Feb 21, 2008
5.4M is peanuts for Siegel; that is pocket change. The guy is filthy rich. Check his ex-wife house in Chase Rd. in Windermere! It looks like the White House and she got it as part of their divorce settlement. The employee was a gold digger; she stayed for 14 years and now she sueing him? Gimme a break!
timeshare squared

Titusville, FL

#9 Feb 21, 2008
If you knew him or ever worked around him, you'd believe he got what he deserved. Sometimes you gotta answer to the jury and you know with his bucks, they got a real dog and pony show.

I heard it was one of the morgan and morgan lawyers defending him, you know, the ones who never represent the powerful, only the people. I guess they all stick together.
Mrs B

Bronx, NY

#10 Feb 21, 2008
I guess now my tax and maintenance payments will go up to help pay for his lawsuit !
Sad

Altamonte Springs, FL

#11 Feb 21, 2008
Siegal could have settled for less, but wanted to clear his name in Court. Unfortunately, with the jury system, going to trial is like flipping a coin. There is something to the saying "more money, more problems."
Alvin Smith

Austin, TX

#12 Feb 21, 2008
timeshare squared wrote:
If you knew him or ever worked around him, you'd believe he got what he deserved. Sometimes you gotta answer to the jury and you know with his bucks, they got a real dog and pony show.
I heard it was one of the morgan and morgan lawyers defending him, you know, the ones who never represent the powerful, only the people. I guess they all stick together.
True, Keith Mitnick, Mr. For the People's right hand man, tried the case for Siegel's corporate empire.... I am sure "Don" Morgan gave the godfatheresque wink to Keith to go save the rich & powerful friend....when will the public realize that firm is for the money & defending the powerful like Siegel?
Richy Rich

Baton Rouge, LA

#13 Feb 21, 2008
I deal with gold-diggers like this all the time. They actually plan these lawsuits years in advance. Most of the time they are uneducated women who use their good looks to advance in a company. A lot of them are single moms who originally look for a sugar daddy, but then when we rich guys see how crazy these money grubbers are, they figure that some sympathetic jury will buy their sexual harrasment story. Boo hoo. Get an education and stop having kids, leeches.
John

Hamilton, Canada

#14 Feb 21, 2008
realist wrote:
EVEN if this is all true, the award is excessive.
To you or me it is, to him; it's a drop in the bucket.
Mad

San Antonio, TX

#15 Feb 21, 2008
Ever notice someone is always offendied when there is somehing in it for them.

If this would have been a Wal Mart greeter old man she would have just shrugged him off.

She should have just put out for a million, thats about 100,000 the going rate.
Citizen Cane Sez

Chicago, IL

#16 Feb 21, 2008
neither party is innocent in this game but the woman won and her prize is 5 million dollars. congrats, at least she sued someone capable of paying the award (less her lawyers 50% fee)
Dudus Maximus

Denver, CO

#17 Feb 21, 2008
She hung around him and his son for years, taking his money. She could have left any time.

Siegal got ripped off.
Citizen Cane Sez

Chicago, IL

#18 Feb 21, 2008
juries are easily manipulated because they are chosen from the public and at least 70% of the public does not have a fully functioning brain.
Amazing Grace

Winter Springs, FL

#19 Feb 21, 2008
A sad lesson must be imparted here. Number one is that this so called settlement will go on being appealed and whittled down for years. Secondly, being awarded the right to collect a settlement is one thing, collecting it is another. Very few people awarded settlements today are cashing their checks. It might take this person years to get a dime. This is just another case where someone found a dippy jury willing to harrass this man for a ridiculous amount of money perhaps just out of class envy ? Hatred of the rich ? Gender hatred pent up ? Lawyers take these cases knowing that deep pockets lead to huge commissions. Five million dollars for a groping ? Give me a break. This warranted a slap or a knee in the nuts maybe but wouldn't rate a court case accept here you had a greedy, conniving woman out to get rich off of this man. If she didn' want to work there, get out and find another job. She could file civil charges for battery - Five miliion dollars? Is this so she can go live in the lifestyle she'd like to become accusotmed to? Another Heather Mills?
Richy Rich

Baton Rouge, LA

#20 Feb 21, 2008
Well said Citizen Cane, though I'd raise that percentage. These plebians are all sheep. Looking for their piece of the proverbial pie. Who are they to determine the fate of others when their own fates are circling the drain. Lemmings, all lemmings.

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