Bravo will have a lot of drama to work with on an upcoming season of one of its most popular reality shows. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd, owners of BH restaurant Villa Blanca Liable, acted with malice against a former employee, an L.A. County Jury decided on Thursday.
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On Thursday, a Los Angeles County jury awarded $6,250 to a server who alleged she was sexually harassed by an assistant manager during the time she worked at a Beverly Hills restaurant owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd.
The panel exonerated the assistant manager, Michael Govia, while finding the Villa Blanca restaurant liable. The jury also found the restaurant acted with malice, a decision that allowed Karina Bustillos’ attorneys to proceed with an attempt to win punitive damages.
Bustillos worked at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills for about 14 months until September 2012, when she maintained she quit because she could not take the stress of remaining there any longer. She alleged the eatery violated its own policies against sexual harassment by not doing anything to punish Govia for his alleged misconduct.
The panel will move on to the punitive damages portion of the trial starting Tuesday.
Lisa and Ken recently opened PUMP Lounge in the middle of boystown, West Hollywood.