* Flight attendant says was harassed on private plane
* Lawsuit seeks $29 million - Taubman worth $2.9 billion
* Taubman's office calls allegations untrue
Nov 30 Octogenarian billionaire mall developer
A. Alfred Taubman has been sued for $29 million by a Michigan
flight attendant who claimed he sexually harassed her numerous
times aboard his private plane.
In a complaint filed Thursday with the federal court in
Detroit, Nicole Rock accused her former boss, 88, of a variety
of improper conduct in the roughly six years she worked for the
married father of three.
Rock said this included grabbing her or brushing against her
on multiple occasions, forcing his tongue into her ear and mouth
repeatedly, tearing buttons off her blouse, and once trying to
perform oral sex on her. She also said Taubman urged her to have
an abortion after learning that she had become pregnant.
According to the complaint, Rock was awarded disability
leave in February 2011 because of the "extreme stress, anxiety,
fearfulness and depression" she experienced as a result of her
work conditions. She left Taubman's employ for good that month.
"The allegations contained in the complaint filed in court
against A. Alfred Taubman are not true," Taubman's office said
in a statement. "Mr. Taubman will address the complaint through
the appropriate legal channels."
Thomas Warnicke, a lawyer for Rock, was not immediately
available for comment on Friday.
The $29 million is 1 percent of Taubman's net worth of $2.9
billion, as estimated by Forbes magazine in September.
Taubman lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and started the
mall empire Taubman Centers Inc in 1950. He is also a
In 2002 and 2003 he served roughly nine months in prison
over an art auction price-fixing scandal at Sotheby's,
which he bought in 1983. He no longer has a controlling stake.
The case is Rock v. Taubman et al, U.S. District Court,
Eastern District of Michigan, No. 12-15244.