The CEO of west coast residential brokerage Realty One Group has been accused of rape and a long list of other offenses against a former employee, Courthouse News Service reported.
Former employee Danielle Snyder Potter alleges in a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court that CEO Kuba Jewgieniew “threw her on her desk, ripped her pants off, abused and raped her while holding her down, hurting her, and bruising her arm.”
Ms. Potter claims in the lawsuit that she was “deathly afraid” of Mr. Jewgieniew, who allegedly harassed and abused her between September, 2011 and January of this year, raping her, putting her in multiple chokeholds and “likely” giving her a vaginal infection.
When confronted about the infection, Mr. Jewgieniew allegedly told Ms. Potter the following:
“Don’t threaten me. I don’t care if you got an infection. I don’t even care if I got you pregnant. I’m not getting treated for any infection and if I got you pregnant, you will have an abortion. I can’t have you waddling around the office for nine months pregnant with my child. It would ruin my personal and professional life. Clean up my messes like you always do and keep your mouth shut.”
The following incidents of alleged abuse are outlined in the lawsuit, as reported in CNS.
“c. Repeatedly told plaintiff that he could not stop thinking about her, sent her inappropriate texts, spoke of sex and sexual acts, asked her about her body parts, demanded she take inappropriate pictures of herself and send them to him;
“d. Repeatedly placed his hand on plaintiff’s neck in a choke hold;
“e. Repeatedly grabbed plaintiff’s hair and/or grabbed the back of her neck or head;
“f. Repeatedly touched or rubbed her legs and thighs;
“g. Tried to put his hands down her pants, and on another occasion put his fingers in plaintiff’s vagina;
“h. Touched or grabbed her breasts several times;
“i. Picked her up by her hips to bring her close to him;
“j. On February 1, 2012, on a pretext of showing plaintiff a file in his Bentley in the dark parking lot after what was supposed to be a business related dinner meeting, exposed his penis to plaintiff and physically and with threats forced plaintiff to perform oral sex on him, and smacked her face and called her a dumb bitch for spitting out his ejaculation and threatened her that she would have to make up for that;
“k. Forcibly pulled down plaintiff’s blouse and bra exposing plaintiff’s breast in public, and started sucking on it;
“l. In May 2012, repeatedly threatened plaintiff, her job, and made insulting comments about plaintiff’s husband and her relationship with her husband;
“m. On November 7, 2012, Kuba Jewgieniew demanded over plaintiff’s objections that plaintiff go to dinner with him to discuss fourth quarter at ROG and the family of companies. After dinner at a nearby restaurant, Kuba Jewgieniew told plaintiff that he had forgotten important documents at the office and claimed not to have a key. Again over plaintiff’s objections, he ordered her to drive back to the office and let him in the office. At the corporate offices of ROG, he ordered plaintiff to unlock her office, he immediately locked the door behind them, picked up plaintiff by her hips and threw her on her desk, ripped her pants off, abused and raped her while holding her down, hurting her, and bruising her arm; and
“n. On November 7, 2012, after forcibly abusing and performing sexual intercourse on Plaintiff, Kuba Jewgieniew pulled plaintiff’s hair with one hand and choked her with the other hand and forced his penis into plaintiff’s mouth, then plugged her nose and ejaculated while verbally abusing and threatening her.”The lawsuit also claims that Mr. Jewgieniew “ flaunted the law,” “changed documentation,” “lied” and “fraudulently reported data to an insurance carrier to reduce expenses,” among a slew of other non-sexual allegations.
It’s not the first time that Realty One Group, which dubs itself the 5th largest independent brokerage in the nation, has come under fire. In September of last year one “Pissed Consumer” hurled the following accusations at Mr. Jewgieniew and the firm.
Ms. Potter’s lawsuit claims that Mr. Jewgieniew “ flaunted the law,” “changed documentation,” “lied” and “fraudulently reported data to an insurance carrier to reduce expenses,” among a slew of other non-sexual allegations.
However, Mr. Jewgieniew was painted in a more positive light in a Q&A that appeared in the Las Vegas Sun in 2010.
Ms. Potter seeks lost wages and benefits, future wages and benefits, and punitive damages for sexual harassment/failure to prevent harassment. Robert Robinson of the Quest Law Firm in Tustin is her lawyer.
Realty One Group provided the CNS with the following statement:
“Realty One Group is committed to providing a workplace free of harassment and discrimination and in accordance with the law. It is the company’s policy not to comment on litigation and we have every intention to aggressively fight this matter. We are confident that the facts of the case will reveal that these allegations are completely without merit and this is nothing more than a frivolous lawsuit.”