Lawsuit against ex-City Council President Charles Pugh can proceed

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A judge's order clears the way for a civil lawsuit to be filed against ex-City Council President Charles Pugh. 

Pugh fled from Detroit nearly a year ago after questions were raised about his relationship with a young man he met through his Charles Pugh Leadership Forum. 

Months later, after Pugh resigned and moved to New York City, text messages revealed that he had pressured the young man into sending him graphic, nude videos in exchange for money.

Until today, Pugh had been shielded from a lawsuit by Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, which virtually froze all litigation against the city.  

But today, Judge Stephen Rhodes lifted the stay as it relates to Pugh, paving the way for the young man to take action in a courtroom.  In a prior filing, his lawyer indicated the family was seeking in excess of $1 million.

Earlier this month, 7 Action News interviewed Pugh and reported that he took up residence in New York  City, where he was seen waiting tables at a Harlem restaurant.

Pugh said the young man’s allegations are untrue.

Contact 7 Investigator Ross Jones at or at (248) 827-9466.