Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be asked to sit for a deposition by both parties in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct by former Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson against former officer Cynthia Donald.
The suit alleges Johnson “engaged in shockingly violent, abusive, and harassing conduct” toward Donald while she worked with him. Johnson has denied the claims, but Donald and Johnson’s lawyers have submitted a joint filing asking for Mayor Lightfoot to be deposed, as both parties say the Mayor has direct and personal knowledge of the situation.
The attorneys claim City Hall “continues to try to rewrite the facts and the law in order [to] escape the reality that [the mayor] has unique personal knowledge about contested facts.”
According to the filing, Lightfoot had a meeting with Johnson in October of 2019 regarding his relationship with Donald. The attorneys allege during that meeting, Lightfoot told Johnson to take retaliatory action against Donald.
The Mayor allegedly called Donald a “b—-” and told Johnson to send her to work in a different police district. The filing claims she told him, “I want that f—ing sh– done today. There will be no debate about it, no conversation. I want it done, and I want it done by the end of today.”
City Hall attorneys have downplayed the Mayor’s involvement in the incident and the suit, saying the deposition attempt is “more a pressure tactic than it is a genuine attempt to obtain relevant information,” and have asked that the Mayor provide written answers to the deposition questions.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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