DETROIT (WXYZ) - Did a Detroit police lieutenant willingly have an affair with the interim police chief or is she a victim of sexual harassment?
Controversial Detroit Police Lt.. Monique Patterson is considering filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against Detroit Interim Police Chief Ralph Godbee. Patterson’s attorney tells Action News why she might sue.
You may remember Patterson as the love interest of former Detroit Police Chief Warren Evans. Now, comes the claim that the interim chief Ralph Godbee had a sexual relationship with her—one her attorney says was the result of sexual harassment.
“He made overtures to get her on his staff, suggesting to her or intimating to her, I need a person like you on my staff because you fit in well…,” says attorney Dave Robinson who represents Patterson. “But he turned those intentions into something nefarious.”
Asked if Patterson ever complained to anyone about Godbee, Robinson says, “I don’t believe there is a record of it, but I believe, yes, she did.”
Action News broke the story that Patterson and the former chief independently went to Mayor Dave Bing with personal text messages Godbee sent to Patterson.
Deputy Mayor Saul Green says Evans used them to make a play to get a position in the Bing administration. Green also says Patterson’s attorney was trying to get some money out of the city in exchange for keeping the text messages quiet. That’s a claim attorney Dave Robinson absolutely denies.
“It’s an irresponsible allegation on his part and in no way did I threaten or make any sort of demand. I came there to listen…” Robinson says.
Robinson insists that he is doing his due diligence to determine if he will file a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city on behalf of Patterson. Godbee could not be reached for comment.
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