Refuse to pay Mayor James Butts' legal fees for sexual harassment case

Refuse to pay Mayor James Butts' legal fees for sexual harassment case

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Mayor James Butts is being sued by his ex-girlfriend/ex-assistant, Melanie McDade,  for sexual harassment.  She is suing for $12 million & if she wins, that money will be paid by Inglewood tax payers.  In addition to any settlement awarded, the tax payers will also be paying Butts' legal fees.

McDade was the second highest paid Inglewood city employee, at $340,000/year.  She made more than Butts, who earns $111,000 per year.  On top of his salary as mayor, Butts also gets a $200,000 pension from Santa Monica Police Department. Butts can afford to pay his own legal fees.

This lawsuit is a way for Butts to scam millions of dollars from Inglewood.  Why was McDade's salary so high? In addition to her overinflated salary, she received $120,000 bonus that has not been explained and/or justified.  It apears that Butts used McDade to skim money from the City.  Now, if McDade is successful in her sexual harassment lawsuit, she & Butts will have tricked the City of Inglewood out of $12 million.

Butts has repeatedly stated in City Council meetings that the City does not have enough money for COVID rental assistance or other programs. If the City of Inglewood has no money, then the City of Inglewood cannot and should not pay James Butt's legal fees.  The City of San Diego refused to pay their Mayor's legal fees when he was sued for sexual harassment.  The precedence is there - it is legal and possible for a city to refuse to pay for a Mayor's bad conduct. 

The City of Inglewood has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Butt's is a repeat offender. 

The City of Inglewood must not support the illegal and immoral behavior of a man abusing his power and position.

Sign this petition today and tell Inglewood City Council that we, the residents and tax payers, refuse to pay James Butts' legal fees. 

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