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Former Penguin staffer alleges that David Davidar assaulted her at Frankfurt Book Fair

The Globe and Mail has got hold of former Penguin Canada staffer Lisa Rundle’s sexual harassment claim against her old boss, the recently dismissed CEO of Penguin International, David Davidar. According to the Globe, Rundle is claiming $423,000 in damages against Penguin and another $100,000 in damages against Davidar personally.

The accusations are accompanied by quotations from several e-mail messages Mr. Davidar allegedly sent to Ms. Rundle during the period in question. Last year, he is said to have written that he could do very little except think of [Ms. Rundle], that she was utterly gorgeous, a vision in pink sipping a champagne cocktail, and that she should not be stubborn or fight him.

Davidar over time became more and more intense with his persistent protestations of lust and desire for Lisa, according to the claim, and in return she became increasingly disturbed and afraid.

The harassment allegedly culminated in an outright assault at the Frankfurt Book Fair last October when, according to the claim, Mr. Davidar appeared at Ms. Rundle’s hotel room door, wearing excessive cologne, with buttons on his shirt undone down his waist.

Lisa stood in her hotel room into which Davidar had bullied his way, with her arms crossed, still near the door, and asked what he needed to discuss, it said. He told her to relax and just let him come in. She refused and said she wanted to go to sleep.

Ms. Rundle claims she climbed on a windowsill to avoid her boss and again asked him to leave. He forcibly pulled her off the ledge and grabbed her by the wrists, forcing his tongue into her mouth, it said.