Rosette Pambakian said in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that former Match Group and Tinder CEO Gregory Blatt made a lewd overture to her at a company holiday party in 2016 at a Los Angeles hotel.
Pambakian said she went with two work friends to a hotel room upstairs to get away from Blatt, but he later showed up and groped and kissed her without consent. She said her two colleagues, including Blatt's executive assistant, witnessed the encounter.
The company owned by IAC/InterActiveCorp, which is controlled by media mogul Barry Diller, conducted a sham investigation that concluded the behaviour was "consensual cuddling," her lawyers said.
Rosette Pambakian with her dog during an event in Los Angeles. Twitter photo
The Match Group denied Pambakian was fired as retaliation for reporting Blatt and said an independent investigation found there was no violation of law or company policy, according to a statement from its board.
Pambakian and other Tinder executives sued Match and IAC seeking $2 billion a year ago for allegedly bilking them by manipulating financial information to create a lowball estimate of Tinder's value.
That lawsuit included Pambakian's sexual misconduct allegations. At the time, the company said that lawsuit was meritless.
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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance told reporters afterward that the judge "sent a message today that this type behavior is something that any potential offender is going to have to consider. The judge took it seriously, which is exactly how we think he should have. And we're grateful."
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