The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

MODEL SETTLES SEX CASE

BODYBUILDE­RTOOK HERBOSST OCOURT

- VANDA CARSON

A FITNESS model who claimed her boss at a Brisbane bank called her “sexy” and “hot” and suggested her boyfriend “should go easier” on her during sex has settled her case out of court.

Mary Molloy, 23, a bodybuilde­r from St Lucia, was set to attend a mediation hearing for her claim against the Commonweal­th Bank and former boss Frank Lopez on July 29.

The mediation didn’t go ahead and two days later her solicitor Jake Boghossian filed a formal notice of discontinu­ance to withdraw the claim alleging unlawful discrimina­tion.

Queensland Deputy District Registrar Katie Lynch discontinu­ed the matter that day, documents state.

It is not known if Ms Molloy received any payment from the bank as part of a confidenti­al settlement.

Mr Lopez was Ms Molloy’s boss and former manager of the bank’s flagship Queen Street Mall branch.

The former bank teller had claimed the father-of- three compared her to actor Kate Winslet stripping nude in a scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic.

Ms Molloy alleged Mr Lopez was a sleaze who openly admired her breasts and joked about her sex life in front of co-workers, telling her “your boobs are perfect”.

But Mr Lopez told The Sunday Mail he had been “dragged through hell” as he was never able to refute the allegation­s.

“I was never notified about the case,” he said. “I’ve been a good man my whole life. I’ve never been inappropri­ate and I’ve managed many people. I am not a beast or an animal. It’s not who I am.

“I want to put it all behind me. The psychologi­cal damage this has done is massive. If you ask anyone who has worked with me, you might have a different picture of what I am like.”

Mr Lopez was stood down from his job on July 17 last year and is “no longer employed” at the bank.

He now manages a Mount Isa caravan park. He says he left the industry after reassessin­g his priori- ties after a family tragedy.

In court documents, Ms Molloy claimed Mr Lopez repeatedly harassed her over several months in 2013 including by telling her “you look hot wearing a dress like that … I love seeing you in the morning”.

He allegedly sent text messages to her outside of work hours saying he would kiss her if he was with her.

Ms Molloy claimed he commented on her dresses and her lipstick choices, and she felt pressured when he asked her to the movies, the statement of claim alleges.

They went to the movies twice and to dinner. After one evening out together he allegedly told her, “I’ll get you where you need to go in the bank”, and chose her for a prestigiou­s secondment.

Ms Molloy quit in May last year after she never got a promised promotion and pay rise. She lodged the harassment allegation­s in July, then took the case to court.

In its defence, the Commonweal­th Bank denied Mr Lopez sexually harassed Ms Molloy and claimed his comments were “not unwelcome sexual harassment” as they were friends.

Ms Molloy did not reply to requests for comment.

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