Larry Flynt Sued for (Surprise) Sexual Harassment

6/7/2006 7:39 PM PDT

Larry Flynt Sued for (Surprise) Sexual Harassment

A female employee filed a sexual and age harassment lawsuit Wednesday against Hustler founder Larry Flynt. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Cheryl Oldham claims she was frequently distracted at work by sounds of Flynt having sex with prostitutes in his office. She also alleges that Flynt retaliated against her for helping another female employee with a similar claim.

Court documents
Cheryl Oldham v. Larry Flynt

Oldham claims that when Flynt learned she was assisting with the other employee's lawsuit, he called her into his office and urged her to testify that he did not harass anyone and that she never heard sex noises from his office. Oldham says she told him "she would not perjure himself for him."

Oldham then says in the lawsuit that after she officially signed a declaration supporting the harassment claims, Flynt called her into another meeting and said, "You're overweight, unattractive, over 50 and probably unable to find another job. So, why would you do this to me?"

Oldham says she began working for Larry Flynt in 1999. In the lawsuit, she claims after she started work she was told by Flynt's personal assistant that he "often engaged prostitutes in his office for his own personal sexual gratification." She alleges the prostitutes "made loud, obnoxious and repeated noises of sexual gratification that disrupted the office and [Oldham's] ability to perform the essential functions of her job."

The lawsuit also claims she was told one of her duties was to "divert and distract Mrs. Flynt [who worked on the same floor as her husband] at all costs until Flynt could get the prostitutes out of the building" and that when Flynt's assistant was out of the office, she was "responsible for calling prostitutes for Flynt and arranging for them to come to the office to visit him."

Flynt's lawyers from the firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria tell TMZ "Mr. Flynt has not yet been served with a copy of Ms. Oldham's complaint, so he cannot comment directly on the specific allegations being made by Ms. Oldham; however, Mr. Flynt intends to vigorously defend against the allegations being made by her, including the frivolous allegations noted in a press report, and believes that once the matter is heard on the merits, he will prevail. Mr. Flynt categorically denies any allegations that he engaged in sexual intercourse with prostitutes in his office, or that Ms. Oldham was in any way retaliated against as has been reported."