The mother of a man who allegedly raped a female friend said she was stunned when she learned the accused was a human resources director.
The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution, told The Hill on Wednesday that her son was employed as a human resource director in the city of Los Angeles.
“I was shocked,” she said.
“He’s a great man.”
The woman said she found out her son had been hired by a department that specializes in human resources.
The woman said her son, who has been working for the city since February, had been working in a department where women are routinely harassed for being “too feminine.”
She said she told the department’s human resources office that the accused had been fired.
The woman added that her client was “sickened” by the accusations, and that she would fight to hold him accountable.
“I’ve worked with this department for three years and I’ve never had any issues with anyone in this department,” she told The Associated Press.
“I never heard of a complaint of harassment.
The reason I did is because I never saw anything like this.”
The Los Angeles Police Department declined to comment.
A department spokeswoman also said the department does not comment on personnel matters.
The accused, who remains at large, has been on leave since the alleged rape.
A spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice said the office of the chief of police is conducting an investigation into the allegations.
“It is important to note that the department takes these matters very seriously and we take the allegations of sexual harassment very seriously,” said Lt.
Col. Susan C. Lippman in an email.
The department’s Human Resources Department did not immediately respond to an AP request for comment.
The alleged victim said she met the accused through social media and she had been trying to get him out of her life.
She said the accused, whom she only knew as “Kris,” was “really cool” and that he had been “very nice” to her.
But, she said, he started “trying to be more aggressive” and started to ask her out.
He made a comment that, she told her, “If you weren’t my mom, you wouldn’t be a good person.”
“Then I started feeling bad about myself because it felt like my mom was watching,” she recalled.
After that, he made a “fearful look” at her, she added.
“He would try to get my attention and I would say, ‘I’m sorry,'” she said she recalled, “and then he would try again and I’d say, no, no.
I didn’t want to talk to him anymore.”