Woman sues for­mer boyfriend over al­leged at­tack

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — A Los An­ge­les man ac­cused of at­tack­ing and hold­ing his girl­friend against her will in Palm Springs in 2019 was sued by the woman.

The plain­tiff is iden­ti­fied only as Jane Doe in the Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court law­suit brought Thurs­day against Wil­liam Lakoff. The al­le­ga­tions in­clude sex­ual bat­tery, gen­der vi­o­lence, false imprisonme­nt, civil rights vi­o­la­tions and in­ten­tional in­flic­tion of emo­tional dis­tress.

Doe seeks un­spec­i­fied dam­ages. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Lakoff could not be im­me­di­ately reached.

The for­mer cou­ple met through a dat­ing web­site last May and be­gan an in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship, the suit states. Lakoff also had a res­i­dence in Palm Springs and Doe went there on June 29 af­ter he of­fered to cook din­ner, the suit states.

As Doe was sit­ting next to Lakoff, then 55, in his liv­ing room, he bit her on her right shoul­der, caus­ing a welt, the suit al­leges. He then placed one hand on the front off her throat, re­strict­ing her breath­ing, ac­cord­ing to the suit.

A short time later he dragged Doe into the kitchen by her hair and forced her to lie on the floor, the suit states. He then stepped on her left hand with one foot and placed an­other foot on her throat, once again re­strict­ing her breath­ing, the suit al­leges.

While Doe was on the floor, Lakoff be­gan strik­ing her on the but­tocks with a wooden spoon and a spat­ula, caus­ing her to suf­fer welts and bruis­ing, the suit states. He then turned her over and struck her thighs with the spat­ula, the suit states.

Lakoff forced Doe to stay ly­ing on the floor while he cooked din­ner, the suit states.

Af­ter Lakoff fin­ished cook­ing, he dragged Doe from the floor to the kitchen ta­ble by her hair, low­ered her blouse and ex­posed her breasts be­fore squeez­ing them hard and caus­ing bruis­ing, the suit states. He then de­manded that she look down at her food while he ate, the suit states.

“Fear­ing for her life, plain­tiff com­plied with de­fen­dant’s re­quests,” the suit states.

Af­ter din­ner, Lakoff grabbed Doe’s arm and told her to go to a bed­room, there he told her to give him a back mas­sage, the suit states. He also slapped her in the face and bit her in the left cheek, the suit al­leges.

Doe es­caped af­ter Lakoff fell asleep, the suit states. She later went to the Palm Springs Po­lice De­part­ment and told of­fi­cers what

Lakoff al­legedly did to her.

As of­fi­cers knocked on Lakoff’s door, he lifted the win­dow blinds, but re­fused to an­swer, the suit states. More of­fi­cers came and set up a perime­ter, the suit states.

Lakoff al­legedly was warned 14 times over a pub­lic ad­dress sys­tem to come out­side. He was taken into cus­tody about 4:15 a.m. June 30 by a SWAT team and ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery with in­jury, kid­nap­ping, sex­ual bat­tery, false imprisonme­nt and de­lay­ing an of­fi­cer, the suit states.

Doe has suf­fered se­vere emo­tional dis­tress be­cause of her or­deal, the suit states.

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