Inglewood City Clerk Aisha Thompson was hand delivered a claim filed against Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and the city of Inglewood by a former city contractor on March 22. The 40-page document details how the claimant “Jane Doe” sought a position with the city and was promptly propositioned by the mayor throughout 2020. The claimant filed as “Jane Doe” citing her safety and well-being and her identity will not be disclosed by this author.
The claimant has retained the law firm of Douglas/Hicks and Maryann Gallagher, who are also representing Melanie McDade in her wrongful termination lawsuit against the mayor and city.
The claimant states in early 2020 she approached Mayor Butts for a job at city hall which she was immediately offered. During their meeting, held in the 9th floor conference room, she speaks of him using his “command presence, title and authoritative power” to force her into unwanted sexual encounters. She is then offered a city position, with a five-figure salary along with additional work as his consultant.
Upon taking the job, and performing in the capacity of his consultant, she mentioned an article she read on an “Inglewood blog”, most likely 2UrbanGirls.com, which she describes as a “negative headline” about him being sexually involved with multiple women inside City Hall. The following month he city employment was terminated, but kept her on as his consultant.
She claims the “unwanted” sexual harassment and assault occurred after hours at both Mayor Butts city hall office, and his home. It is not irregular to drive along Manchester Blvd, in the late evenings, and see the mayor’s office lights on.
Employees have shared with 2UrbanGirls the mayor installed a bathroom in his office, however, public records requests for the documents related to the work were never produced.
“Jane Doe” claims the encounters included foot rubs and performing sexual acts on him. She then claims his thirst for power and delusions of grandeur escalated to her being forced to have “unprotected sexual intercourse” with him. She claims he tried to place her under hypnosis to satisfy his sexual needs.
She states the unwanted sexual assault, sexual advances, abuse of power, intimidation continued until October 2020 when he terminated her because he was under increased scrutiny related to sexually harassing other women in city hall.
According to “Jane Doe” Mayor Butts spoke constantly about how he fired other women, over the years, for not following his specific demands. She observed his treatment of Treasurer Wanda Brown and how he put in motion the deactivation of her city ID, and restrict access to her computer.
Butts shared he would smear women’s reputations, and destroy their credibility in order to preserve his image.
Mayor Butts admitted to the Daily Breeze, via a prepared statement, that he did block the Treasurer’s access to her computer and email account. He also allegedly told her how he had private investigators, possibly Thomas Dale and Associates, to follow the treasurer and her assistant.
Brown complained publicly about having what she described as “officers” posted at the end of her block in an apparent attempt to intimidate her.
“Jane Doe” is seeking $5 million in damages.