John M. Shanahan: Hooked on Sexual Harassment

[Moxley Confidential] The Newport Beach businessman pays $1.7 million after asking his employee for rough sex

On March 8, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana considered Shanahan's stances and in an 11-page ruling rejected them all.

"We fail to see how grabbing Skigin's buttock, squeezing it and telling her that its firmness must be the result of all her horseback riding could have been accidental," wrote appellate Justice Eileen Moore on behalf of a three-justice panel that included Richard Fybel and Raymond Ikola. "Speech is intentional."

In a final blow, the justices then ordered Shanahan to pay all of State Farm's legal expenses. The wealthy businessman could roll the dice one more time on his losing proposition. After all, in his book, he celebrated this Oscar Wilde line: "Moderation is the last refuge for the unimaginative."

Brian Brown

But does Shanahan really think the California Supreme Court will join his cause?

This column appeared in print as "Hooked On Sexual Harassment: A Newport Beach businessman pays $1.7 million after asking his employee for rough sex."
 

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