Skip to comments.“THE MARK LEVIN SHOW”– Friday, November-4-2011
Posted on 11/04/2011 3:29:19 PM PDT by thouworm
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pinging who I can see of the ping list.
Just tuned in and looked for the thread. Mark’s on a roll; didn’t want to miss.
“unwanted advances” pretty much says what the specific allegations are.
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This is what Mark led off the show with:
Windy City Times
Gay man files complaint against Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
In a document filled with stunning allegations, Tommy R. Bennett has filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations against the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and the minister’s Chicago-based organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, claiming, among other things, harassment and termination on the basis of Bennett’s sexual orientation.
Rev. Jackson has a long record of support for LGBT rights, including during his runs for U.S. president and his speech at the LGBT March on Washington in 1987. This is believed to be the first time an allegation has come forward claiming he was involved in sexual orientation harassment and discrimination.
In the complaint, Bennettwho worked at the Rainbow Coalition from July 11, 2007 through Dec. 23, 2009, as the national director of community affairssays that his sexual orientation was known throughout the workplace primarily because of his side job: being “Aruba Tommy” on the nationally syndicated radio talk program The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Bennett claims that he experienced discrimination almost immediately after he started the job, saying that Caroline Wiggins, the membership and volunteer coordinator, complained to Jackson that she did not wish to work with Bennett because he is gay. After Wiggins was allowed to work under the field director, Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston, she allegedly said that she did not have to answer to Bennett. (Wiggins is no longer with the coalition. Windy City Times attempted several times to speak with Livingston about the matter, but had no response.) In the complaint, Bennett says that “no investigation or action was taken in response” to his complaining about Wiggins.
However, the most explosive charges revolve around Jackson himself. First, Bennett claims that at an all-staff meeting in 2008, he requested an LGBT-themed table for the national conventionand was flatly denied. When Bennett questioned why there could not be a table, Jackson allegedly “cursed at Mr. Bennett in front of all of the staff, and Rev. Jackson was visibly upset during the rest of the meeting.”
Things allegedly took a more disturbing turn after Bennett also took over the duties of Jackson’s travel assistant where Bennett says he was required to perform “humiliating” tasks. According to the complaint, in May 2008 Bennett was not allowed to accompany Jackson to Tanzania because Jackson was allegedly unhappy with the ways Bennett packed his items.
Bennett also claims that he had to escort women to Jackson’s room and “clean up his room after sexual intercourse with women. Mr. Bennett believes he was forced to do these tasks due to his sexual orientation,” adding that he had to escort women to such places as the Sheraton Hotel in New York and the Wynn Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Bennett claims that he let Jackson know that he “was uncomfortable cleaning up his hotel rooms, escorting women to his hotel room, being summoned to his hotel room after hours or packing his clothes.”
Things reached an apex later in 2008, when Bennett says he “was summoned to Rev. Jackson’s hotel room” at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. Bennett claims that he was eventually instructed to apply cream to Jackson, who “had a rash between his legs.” Bennett says that he refused, resulting in Jackson allegedly calling Bennett a “little motherfucker.”
Bennett then states that another time at the same hotel, Jackson summoned him at 1 a.m. to take notes. The complaint states, “When Mr. Bennett arrived, Rev. Jackson was dressed only in his briefs and a v-neck t-shirt.” Bennett alleges Jackson was sexually excited. Asked by Windy City Times how he came to this conclusion, Bennett said, “I could tell by his look. His whole demeanor had changed. His breathing pattern had changed.”
The complaint continues: “Before Mr. Bennett left, Rev. Jackson stated that white folks took the word ‘gay’ and gave the word its own definition. Rev. Jackson further stated that he was a real poor child in North Carolina and his name was first Jesse Burns, and then Jesse Robinson and then he became Jesse Jackson.
“Rev. Jackson stated that he played football and there was a gay high school teacher who took Rev. Jackson under his wings and told him that he needed education to go along with football. Rev. Jackson said, ‘[F]rom that gay teacher, I got a good grade, I got to use his car, I got ten dollars and I got my dick sucked.’ Rev. Jackson said, ‘[T]hat’s not gay, that is surviving.’” Bennett alleges this meant Rev. Jackson wanted sex, but that Bennett then left the room.
Bennett also makes a claim involving an intern. In 2009, said intern reportedly wanted to accompany Bennett one night to Club Escape, a gay nightspot. A month later, the intern allegedly said that Bennett took him to a gay bar and propositioned him, and that he, Bennett and two of Bennett’s friends smoked marijuana, instigating an investigation. Bennett says that he ended up on paid leave and that the drug test came back negative. He also says he never received the findings of the investigation.
The complaint concludes with Bennett saying that he received a letter Dec. 23, 2009, saying that he was being terminated “due to lack of funding.” However, Bennett claims that several people were hired after his termination.
In a demand letter accompanying the complaint, Bennett said he wanted, among other things, $98,300 for back pay, front pay and loss of benefits; $350,000 for emotional distress and punitive damages; and an amendment of Rainbow PUSH’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Windy City Times left a message with Nigel F. Telman, a partner at the Chicago branch of the law firm Proskauer Rose and the Rainbow PUSH attorney listed on the complaint’s notice of filing. However, Proskauer Rose’s communications director contacted the newspaper shortly after to say that Telman had no comment on the matter. When asked if Telman even received the complaint, WCT again was told, “No comment.”
In a recent interview with WCT, Bennett said that he is fully prepared for the possible response from Jackson and/or the Rainbow Coalition, adding, “That’s one of the points I want to make. How many times has this happened to us? It’s like being raped and having it unreported. People are so afraid of these giants in our community. People won’t report it and won’t file lawsuits. So many people are afraid of [Jackson]. I can’t walk in fear like that. So many people are being discriminated againstbeing laid off with this false pretense of downsizing.”
When asked why he stayed as long as he did, Bennett responded, “Number one, I enjoyed what I did and I thought things would get better. He was really not a bad person to work for; it was the staff he had around him.”
However, of course, Bennett did acknowledge that things disintegrated once he became Jackson’s travel assistant: “[Jackson] used me as a scapegoat because he was dating two women. ... However, because I knew what was going on, he told his family and friends that I wrote a letter [outing one of the girlfriends], which was not true. By doing that, it looked like I was the bad person. At that point, [one of the alleged mistresses] told [Jackson] to get rid of me.”
Bennett said the lowest point for him involved the situation with Clinkscale’s intern. “Clinkscale was the national director of sports. It was the intern’s last day. They said I was out smoking weed with the boy. They did a drug test and the test came back [negative]. They have witnesses who I brought in who said [the intern] was in a group with us. He was just one of those young 24-year-old guys who went to a gay club, enjoyed himself and got scared.”
When asked if he would accept his job back if offered, Bennett initially answered “You know? I probably would,” before amending: “But not under those conditions. I would refuse, as a gay man, to work under I would starve before I work under homophobic conditions.
“I never applied for travel assistant. I was the national community affairs director. Things didn’t blow up until I had to go his house at 4 a.m. and pack his clothes, buy his underwear, buy his deodorant, get his Viagra and Cialis, and clean his room. That’s when things got nuts.”
Bennett also mentioned Livingston, saying, “When the commission asked Rev. Livingston, ‘How was the atmosphere for Tommy at Rainbow PUSH?, he [said], ‘Very hypocritical.’”
If he had Jackson alone for five minutes and could ask him one question that he had to answer, Bennett said it would be “Why do you let homophobic people work around you at a civil-rights organization?”
Bennett said that his attorney is getting his employee files, adding that he never had an employee evaluation the whole time he was there.
I also posted the above here a few minutes ago: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2802548/posts?page=303#303
I tried looking up the Jesse Jackass gay sexual harassment thing and found very little other than on the Fuff&PuffPo.
Gross! That is a Sodomite Rag!
Does “he said something that made me feel uncomfortable” fall under the category of “unwanted advances”?
Hilarious Freeper comment today from a man who said he was at a fast-food and female order-taker commented he “smelled good.”
Can’t find it now, but he said, “It made him feel ‘uncomfortable.’”
The NRA waved the confidentiality agreement?
Re my post #8 above:
This is the same Windy City Times that wrote this in 2009:
Obama once backed full gay marriage [in 1996]
Windy City Times ^ | 2009-01-13 | Windy City Times
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:25:12 AM by Matchett-PI
Thanks for catching us up. I only caught the tail end of that discussion before I realized there was no Levin thread.
Is “Unwelcome Advances” enough to change your opinion?
sometimes I pine for unwelcome advances, just sayin’, but it depends on my mood if I deem them unwelcome! LOL
When is this man going to run for POTUS?
Don't think they have that prerogative without all parties signing off.
"Bennett, who has a copy of the settlement agreement, said four people signed it: the woman, two lawyers representing the association and Bennett himself. "
First, Cain not a party.
If the woman "waives," all of the details would be made public? Right?
I agree with Jose 100%
“sometimes I pine for unwelcome advances, just sayin, but it depends on my mood if I deem them unwelcome!”
LOL! Isn’t that the problem? You can file a sexual harassment suit any time it might fly...just depending on what your “mood” is.
I would only file a sex harassment suit if I was at work, and the male boss gave me an ultimatum involving his pleasure for my work. However, I’m self-employed, so, the boss is my husband. So, I would never file.
“When is this man going to run for POTUS?”
Me thinks he is too modest, but OTOH, he must be thinking, “Even I could do a better job.” Would he accept an AG position? He couldn’t deny he is qualified.
Auburn stadium is 100,000 when it’s at full capacity, 0bama couldn’t even fill that with his three letter word, j-o-b-s.
I just got here.
LEVIN raises this news (7pm for podcasts):
Empire BC/BS-— withdrawing from small-group health insurance market...”unsustainable.”
Mark: This affects NY now, but it will affect all of you later.
Only 2-3 other carriers left for small-group markets.
Mark: What’s causing all of this?
1) Approval from state to change rates
2) State telling them what percentage they need to spend on administrative costs versus on healthcare costs
and he’s over in France giving advice, I like how the libs have no idea what common sense means.
evidently - he has waited until NOW to reveal the cause of all these economic problems
what a national humiliation that fool is
the idiots that said they were sure their long term care policy would work - and also it would fund obamacare - are the same ones telling private insurance companies what every policy must cover and what the company can charge
we knew they would fail
the logic is - we now need the democrapz to fix it
Our heathcare won’t last til the next election to repeal ObamaCare. We need to dismantle what we can now.
ALL companies (not just small companies) have no choice but to gear up now and prepare for the potential eventuality. More damage is being done now-—before ObamaCare kicks in-—than anyone realizes.
but we have boehner - the drunk tard
Upton was the Michigan Repubic who introduced the bill that elimates Edison’s light bulb. He is also heir to Whirlpool, and knows a lot about crony capitalism, since Whirlpool has had plenty of help from GE and energy star programs from the government. he’s the epitome of a RINO. He has been trying to keep his seat by seeming to embrace the tea party, however, he has worn nerves plenty thin.
What happens next?
Does the House hold the Administration in contempt of congress for failing to
comply with a subpoena or does it go to a fed judge?
“Amen...but we have boehner - the drunk tard”
It’s even worse...Heard a comment from someone speaking to him off the record. Boehner is so out of touch, he doesn’t even GET IT-—doesn’t GET what’s happening in America! He will say he does on record, but he doesn’t. I believe him.
How many of our Repub legislators are also so out of touch, they simply don’t get it? vs Those who are on the take? and vs Those who are such cowards and self-serving synchopants, they only look to keeping their warm seat?
i suspect it peters out and nothing happens
paper tiger congress
money. They go into DC needing some, they make a few deals, a few votes, they get the money they need, they like the parties, they like the upscale life.
one reason why i respect and back bachmann
I understand the sentiment but don’t think we can let that become a precedent.
One of their main obligations they have is oversight.
executive privilege exists - courts can’t overturn it nor can they be called on to decide if the documents meet the ‘national security’ test
(and the little colored girls sing)
doot da doot da doot da doot da do doot
Thanks for the ping. I am back up on the grid. Been powerless since last Saturday. My power came up 10 minutes ago. Enfield CT. I missed my TGO friends.
Someone in Connecticut won the $245 million powerball, and I thought maybe it was you.
Didn’t work for Nixon.
Not me. Ticket sold in Fairfield County. I live in Hartford County. Having power back feels good though.