The city of Inglewood has released records related to a claim filed by “T. Doe” who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. in 2020. According to the claim filing, Doe is allowed to remain anonymous because she is alleging she is an assault victim. The city released her identity, however, 2UrbanGirls will not reveal her name.
The onus of Doe’s claim is she lost a job opportunity and consulting contract for rebuffing the mayor’s advances, for discussing articles on an “Inglewood blog”, and because he felt he was under increased scrutiny because of allegations being made by his former executive assistant Melanie McDade.
Based on the documents provided by the city, Doe was offered a part-time position in the city’s IT department. Her supervisor was employee Josh Howe, who also is paid by Mayor Butts out of his campaign funds for “web” work.
On “Doe’s” application, she lists she heard about the job from “Mayor James Butts” and signed the application March 24, 2020.
Documents pertaining to personnel action items, and a conditional employment offer letter, are also dated 3/24/2020 from Human Resources Asst. Director Leonca Cahee. On April 6, 2020, Cahee emailed “Doe” to state she needed to complete a supplemental application listing her convictions.
The city’s position is the job offer was later retracted when a background check found two separate burglary convictions from roughly a decade earlier and the applicant failed to fill out a form explaining them, according to the rejection letter.
The city’s job application states applicants only need to detail misdemeanor convictions that are less than seven years old. By the city’s own admission, “Doe’s” legal issues exceed a decade. “Doe’s” court records show the cases were entered in 2009 and 2010, but show as either “dismissed” or “dismissed not prosecuted”.
After denying “Doe” a city job, she completed paperwork to work as a communications consultant with the city. “Doe” signed the short-form agreement July 15, 2020 and requested a workers comp waiver August 5, 2020.
The short form agreement was executed by City Manager Artie Fields on July 23, 2020, despite the work commencement date of October 13, 2020. The city released a copy of a $10,000 check, dated October 15, for her services.
Why did the city pay her the full contract amount, two days after approving her short form agreement, unless she had been working for the city all along?
From the Daily Breeze:
Hashmall was unable to say if the claimant did other work for the city prior to that contract.
During the summer months, Butts made several appearances on Fox News, a well-known conservative network, to increase his visibility as a former chief of police during the George Floyd protests. Presumably the communication consultant booked these appearances, despite the city not formally approving her contract until the Fall.
Mira Hashmall, an attorney representing the city, denied that Butts and “Doe” ever had a romantic or sexual relationship of any kind. She also denied Butts exerted any influence over the job offer or contract Doe received from the city.
Hashmall said the claimant arranged interviews with two broadcast news stations and helped improve information on the website during the two-month contract. Her work was not “public facing,” Hashmall said.
Can “Doe” prove otherwise?
Doe’s attorney Carl Douglas scoffed at the city’s denial and said his client is confident she would be able to disclose personal information from her sexual history with Butts “that she would only know from first-hand personal knowledge.”