Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Supreme Court Upholds Dismissal of Andrew Bovett’s Sexual Assault Claim

The controversy over Andrew Bovett’s sexual assault allegations is not over. However, during a hearing in L.A. on Thursday, the United States Supreme Court was urged to take up the case, reversing the appeals court ruling against Bovett.

The Supreme Court declined to take up the case on Thursday, clearing the way for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to grant the case an expedited briefing schedule.

U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson had earlier denied both a motion to dismiss and a stay of proceedings.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

The lawsuit was first filed in September, alleging that Bovett paid $10,000 to date Lucia Evans, who alleged she was sexually assaulted by Bovett at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2010. Pregerson found Bovett to be vulnerable to the allegations because he had suffered trauma, including a one-month stay in a Massachusetts hospital in the wake of his first encounter with Evans. Prosecutors at the time declined to bring charges against Bovett, in part because there were no witnesses to the allegations against him. The case was settled last April for an undisclosed sum, along with a $2.7 million payment to Evans and her attorney, The Times has reported. Evans sought to serve Bovett in Maryland, where he was living at the time, but he cited the conviction of former WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, who was found dead in his home in August 2010. Benoit hanged himself after killing his wife and 7-year-old son, the body was hidden by their housekeeper before police entered the home.

The Supreme Court considered the case back in October, but has so far taken no action.

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