LOS ANGELES — A plaintiff’s attorney says billionaire Alki David has been hit with more than $58 million in damages after a jury found him liable for battery, sexual battery and sexual harassment against a former employee.
Attorney Gloria Allred says jurors on Monday ordered David to pay $50 million in punitive damages to Mahim Khan, a former production assistant who worked at David’s Los Angeles-based media companies. The same panel last week awarded $8.25 million in compensatory damages.
Spokesman Owen Phillips says David plans an appeal. In a statement Monday, David maintained his innocence.
Khan alleged in her lawsuit that David thrust his pelvis into her face and simulated oral sex.
David is heir to a Greek Coca-Cola bottling fortune. He heads several media firms, including FilmOn TV and Alki David Productions.
Alkiviades “Alki” David has been busy for the past few years, and it hasn’t always been the good kind of busy. The 50-year-old billionaire (and heir to a Greek Coca-Cola bottling fortune) was arrested after a two-day investigation into “the circumstances surrounding material suspected to be cannabis on a private aircraft in St.Kitts.He was taken into custody and charged with Possession with Intent to Supply, Possession of Controlled Drugs, and with importing a controlled drug into the country. David was released after posting a $30,000 cash bail, ordered to surrender all of his travel documents to the cops, and he agreed to appear in court today. has been sued for copyright infringement by ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox over his TV streaming service; he’s been involved in a lengthy legal battle with Roy Orbison’s sons over who has the right to use a hologram of the late singer; and he famously offered $1 million to anyone who would streak naked in front of then-President Barack Obama—and then tried to get out of paying the 24-year-old man who actually did it. (He also joked about the guy’s penis size, to add insult to injury.)