Obnoxious Report!  Man Arrested For Stalking And Breaking Into Tyler Perry Studios Is Suing Him For Sexual Harassment 

Posted on May 25, 2015

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Follow me on Twitter @WilliamGMcCray and Instagram @SirWilliamGMcCrsyIII to keep up on the latest!  A former employee of Tyler Perry is suing for millions alleging that he was fired after refusing the a superior’s sexual advances.

In the lawsuit, Joshua Sole claims that Perry exposed him to “contempt and ridicule.”   The man is suing for millions in damages, and claims that his history with Perry is what led to other incidents that have been revealed in the media.

Sole’s first interaction with Perry, according to the reports, was October 30, 2014.  It was then that Sole allegedly disabled the alarms and surveillance at Perry’s studio and came in through the ceiling.  A production assistant says that Sole had been seeking to meet with Perry one-on-one.

Sole has referred to the incident as “a misunderstanding that was blown out of proportion by security guards,” but he was arrested nonetheless.

 

This week, Sole and attorney Kwame Thompson filed a lawsuit against Perry in the US District Court of Atlanta, naming Perry, Tyler Perry Studios and Brett Hendrix, a former supervisor, as defendants.   The documents allege numerous claims, including “hostile environment sexual harassment,” retaliation, battery, “intentional infliction of emotional distress” and libel.

Hendrix was a “continuity coordinator” at the studio and is accused of “inappropriately touching” and flirting with Sole.   He is also accused of creating “a working environment that was intimidating, insulting, and abusive to male employees.”

Sole also alleges that he was “removed from the workplace … (and) arrested for no reason,” in retaliation for complaining about the way he was being treated.  The plaintiff calls out Perry’s facebook post a week after the incident, in which Perry stated that for someone to do something like this, he has to be “mentally disturbed.”

“Defendant Tyler Perry’s actions constitute libel, and as such, Plaintiff is entitled to special damages,” the lawsuit argues. “Plaintiff has suffered anxiety, depression and emotional distress” following the Facebook post, it says.

The suit is asking for at least five million in damages.