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Koreatown property manager accused of sexually harassing tenants


The U.S. Division of Justice has sued a Koreatown residence proprietor, alleging considered one of its property managers sexually harassed tenants for almost a decade, together with by providing “housing-related advantages in alternate for sexual acts.”

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Courtroom in Los Angeles, is an element of a bigger effort by the Justice Division to crack down on sexual harassment by landlords and others who’ve management over individuals’s housing.

Within the Koreatown case, the lawsuit was filed towards residence proprietor M&F Growth LLC and property supervisor Abraham Kesary.

In keeping with authorities, between no less than 2012 and 2020, Kesary engaged in a wide range of unwelcome sexual acts, together with groping, kissing and making an attempt to penetrate feminine tenants at an residence constructing on Western Avenue.

Kesary additionally supplied to waive or cut back hire and late charges if tenants carried out sexual acts, the criticism alleges.

“A house is a spot of refuge; not a spot to be subjected to degrading and illegal harassment,” Assistant Atty. Gen. Kristen Clarke mentioned in an announcement.

The house owners of M&F Growth couldn’t be reached for remark. A person who picked up a telephone quantity listed for an Abraham Kesary mentioned that he was Kesary and that he nonetheless manages the complicated. He denied sexually harassing tenants.

He mentioned he did “nothing, by any means” just like the allegations contained within the lawsuit and referred to as them ridiculous.

“I’m 85 years previous,” the individual mentioned. “Seven years in the past I’m now not lively sexually.”

In its lawsuit, the federal authorities is asking for financial damages for the accusers and civil penalties towards Kesary and M&F Growth.

Since 2017, the Justice Division has filed 31 lawsuits and recovered $10.7 million for victims as a part of its Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative.

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