Kris Jenner and former bodyguard who accused her of groping his crotch agree to settle his sexual assault lawsuit against her in private arbitration
Kardashian family matriarch, Kris Jenner, and her former bodyguard who accused her of groping his crotch have reportedly agreed to settle his sexual assault lawsuit against her in private arbitration
According to Daily Mail, Jenner, 66, and accuser Marc McWilliams agreed to take his case to private arbitration, meaning any compromise between them will be hashed out behind closed doors.
McWilliams, 45, accused the famous momager of sexual harassment and of groping his crotch when he was still working for the family in 2017.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Armen Tamzarian gave both parties a year – until January 6, 2023 – to find an arbitrator, usually a private judge, to listen to arguments from both sides and come up with a settlement or agreement.
The report said Jenner was not in court for the hearing. Nor was McWilliams, 45, a one-time rapper turned Kardashian security guard, who first sued Jenner in 2020 for $3million, claiming she grabbed his butt, exposed herself to him, and had him fired when he rebuffed her advances.
He then added another stunning accusation to his legal action last February, claiming Jenner sexually assaulted him while they were out in her luxury Bentley.
In his amended complaint, McWilliams – who worked for the famous TV clan between 2017 and 2019 – told of the ‘particularly shocking’ incident the morning of October 22, 2017, when he claims Jenner wanted to go out in her Bentley and ordered him to sit in the front passenger seat.
As Jenner drove, ‘She began making comments to plaintiff (McWilliams) of a flirtatious and overtly sexual nature,’ said his attorney Sean Novak in legal documents.
‘Without warning, Jenner placed her right hand on the inside upper left thigh and groin area of McWilliams in a manner that was overtly sexually offensive.
‘She then caused her right hand to move up the upper, inner left thigh and groin, while caressing McWilliams.
‘McWilliams was shocked and offended by the uninvited and overtly sexual contact by Jenner and attempted to shift away from her groping.
‘As he moved his body away from the offensive sexual contact, Jenner’s right hand come into contact with McWilliams’ inner groin and genital area.’
McWilliams was ’emotionally distressed’ by Jenner’s ‘outrageous and uninvited’ actions, which, ‘at no time did he consent to,’ the filing states.
The suit further claimed that McWilliams had suffered ‘physical and mental pain….illness….loss of sleep, depression’ and other health issues as a result of Jenner’s alleged behavior.
Jenner’s eldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian, 42, was also named in the lawsuit but it was her mother who subjected McWilliams to a ‘pattern of unwanted and unwelcome sexual advances and otherwise harassing misconduct,’ he claimed in court documents.
According to McWilliams’s declarations in his original complaint, Kris was ‘repeatedly and frequently causing her body to come into intimate physical contact’ with his body.
Among her ‘inappropriate’ and ‘sexually suggestive’ behavior, he listed:-
*’Massaging (his) neck, shoulders, arms and back without his consent;
*’Causing her hand to rest on (his) thigh and groin;
*’Causing her pelvis to rub against (his)back ad/or rear end without his consent or approval;
*’Causing her hands to come into contact with (his) rear end without his consent nor approval;
*’Exposing portions of her body to (him) in a lewd or suggestive manner’.
McWilliams – seeking a jury trial and $3million in damages – told Jenner that her behavior was unwelcome and asked her to stop, he said in court documents.
‘But Jenner ignored all such requests and persisted with this inappropriate misconduct.’
McWilliams – who is African American – also alleged racial discrimination, including, ‘pervasive and cruel mockery, harassment, belittling, and otherwise humiliating mistreatment by defendants due to (his) race.’
He complained to his security company employer’s human resources department, but he contended, he was again ignored.
McWilliams was suspended from working with Kris, but continued working for Kourtney, till he was fired in September 2019, he said. His lawsuit also alleged wrongful termination against his employers, David Shield Security and Armor Protection Services.
McWilliams claimed that after his firing, he endured ‘harassment, intimidation and otherwise threatening misconduct in an effort to dissuade or prevent (him) from bringing any form of action against defendants for their unlawful misconduct.’
After McWilliams filed his lawsuit, Jenner’s attorney, Marty Singer, trashed the claims in a statement to DailyMail.com, saying: ‘Kris Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian vehemently deny the completely false claims made by former security guard Marc.
‘His absurd allegations are clearly fabricated and are contrary to easily confirmed facts. Kris never acted inappropriately toward him.
‘The security company stopped assigning McWilliams to work there after the guard was repeatedly caught sleeping in his car on the job,’ Singer said.
‘Significantly, McWilliams never made any complaints to his employer about Kris until contriving this ludicrous claim a year later.
Although Kourtney is named in the suit, she is not accused of doing anything improper, nor did she do so’,; the lawyer added.