A Virginia salon that offers a salon to the cosmetics-obsessive is facing a lawsuit from a local attorney after a former employee said he was sexually assaulted at the business.
Diana Beauty Salon owner John R. Smith, a former beauty technician at the shop, sued James B. Brown in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Fairfax County Superior Court.
Brown was fired by the shop last month after he was accused of sexually assaulting an employee in 2014, according to court documents.
Smith told police the alleged assault occurred in a restroom in his office.
The alleged assault was documented on a video camera, the suit said.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday, Brown alleged the owner of the salon “engaged in predatory behavior against” him and a former client in 2014.
Smith said the owner, who was fired last year, “engages in predatory activity against” his former client, according the suit.
Smith also alleged the salon’s owner told him a woman who worked there, who is not a former customer, had accused him of sexually harassing her.
Smith said he filed a complaint with Fairfax County police after he and his client complained about Smith’s conduct.
The suit said the woman told police that Smith told her she was a “fucking whore” and “an animal” after she asked him to leave the salon.
Smith is also suing the shop for negligence and wrongful termination.
The shop’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
Smith’s lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.