Powerful Men and Sexual Assault: DLG's Recent Trial Victory

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Powerful Men and Sexual Assault: DLG’s Recent Trial Victory

Powerful Men and Sexual Assault: DLG’s Recent Trial Victory

Jan 3, 2023

*Updated July 2022:

Following DLG’s successful October 2021 verdict, the court has granted a motion filed by the defense for a new trial and has subsequently set aside the verdict. A new trial is scheduled to take place early next year.

While we disagree with the court’s ruling, we believe strongly in the merits of our client’s case and look forward to the 2023 retrial. We remain confident that a jury will once again award Ms. Baca with a fair and just verdict.

The #MeToo movement has led to a wave of women – many prominent and with a devoted following – coming forward to obtain justice. Earlier this year, our founder and president, Sam Dordulian, commented on the February 2020 Harvey Weinstein verdict, calling it a “paradigm shift for sexual assault survivors.”

Previously, the problem you would often encounter with high-powered celebrities accused of sexual abuse is that they had access to not only the best defense, but also the press. So they were constantly directing the narrative and essentially tainting the jury pool,” Dordulian said.

“I think what you saw with the Weinstein verdict was this shift where the tendency is now, as it should be, to not only believe survivors who come forward, but also understand that the process is very personal, and it can take a significant number of years before one feels comfortable doing so. I think we still have a great deal of progress to make in terms of reducing sexual abuse and increasing reporting, but we’re continuing to see positive change. And with more and more women coming forward to expose high-profile predators, I think that will only continue,” Dordulian added.

Dordulian’s words would turn out to be prophetic.

Earlier this month, Dordulian Law Group (DLG) obtained a $300,000 verdict for a sexual assault survivor who filed a lawsuit against a member of the Pasadena Angels venture capitalist firm (an organization akin to the television series “Shark Tank,” but for local Southern California entrepreneurs). The defendant, Mustapha Baha, is a prominent and powerful businessman. Our client, Jamie Nicole Baca, approached Mustapha Baha to pitch her company, JNK Cosmetics, in 2016.

Following a sexual assault which occurred at Mustapha Baha‘s home (the details of which can be found via our recent press release), Jamie Nicole Baca filed a lawsuit. A year later, the local Pasadena Star-News had published a report claiming that her lawsuit was “crumbling,” per the comments by Mustapha Baha’s defense attorneys.

Though the Star-News never provided a comment from Jamie Nicole Baca (despite claiming “repeated requests”), they included multiple statements from both Mustapha Baha and his attorney, Linda Savitt.

Jaimie Baca’s utterly false and malicious accusations have caused me immense personal pain, professional damage and financial loss,” Mustapha Baha said in a statement to the Pasadena Star-News. “To spare others any embarrassment, I voluntarily resigned two corporate board seats, gave up hundreds of dollars of stock, quit an honorary position at a major public university and declined an award bestowed on me by a Jewish-Muslim organization. It has been an extremely difficult time.”

The Star-News also reported that Mustapha Baha’s attorney, Savitt, stated that Baca’s lawsuit was “falling apart.” “Already, Baca has had at least two lawyers quit on her over the course of the litigation,” the Star-News added.

Furthermore, the Star-News reported that defense attorneys involved in the case stated that the Times Up Legal Defense Fund, which at one point partially funded Baca’s lawsuit, had been “duped.”

And the report made sure to note that Mustapha Baha agreed, stating that Baca “made cynical use of the courts and the #MeToo movement.”

Whether or not Mustapha Baha, a powerful businessman, and his attorney, Linda Savitt, played any role in having the Pasadena Star-News report published is unknown. But what can’t be denied is the fact that Jamie Nicole Baca was never quoted and the report was highly critical of not only her lawsuit but her character.

Regardless, DLG accepted Baca’s sexual assault lawsuit against Mustapha Baha and attorney Sam Dordulian prevailed in court earlier this month, securing a $300,000 damages award.

The scenario of a powerful businessman committing sexual assault and using the press to form a narrative in the public’s mind is not uncommon. From Harvey Weinstein to Woody Allen and Matt Lauer, powerful men have access to the media and wield it to their advantage whenever possible.

But this particular case involving Jamie Nicole Baca highlights the fact that times are changing, and sexual assault survivors have the ability to secure justice against all predators – from the powerful to the obscure.

DLG’s Experience in Helping Sexual Assault Survivors Obtain Justice

Attorney Sam Dordulian previously worked as a sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. With over 100 jury trial victories, he offers sexual assault survivors a level of experience and proven results that simply can’t be matched by most other firms.

In addition to the Jamie Nicole Baca $300,000 verdict, some of DLG’s recent sexual assault victories include:

  • A multi-million dollar settlement for a woman drugged and raped by a man she had met on a ‘Sugar Daddy’ website. Despite forming a relationship with the man and having consensual sexual relations in the past, the single incident of rape constituted sexual assault and led to the victory. As Sam Dordulian has noted in the past, consent is always mandatory, and rape is always illegal.”I see a lot of rape survivors who believe that once they begin having a consensual sexual relationship with someone, they’re suddenly no longer capable of being ‘raped’ under the law. It’s as if that earlier consent they had given somehow lasts forever in terms of legality. But consent is mandatory every single time, and there are no exceptions to that rule,” Dordulian said earlier this year.
  • A $2.25 million settlement for a rideshare rape survivor who was drugged by her driver. Rideshare sexual assault incidents have been increasing recently, with Uber having received more than 6,000 claims in the past two years alone.
  • An undisclosed maximum financial damages award under the eggshell plaintiff rule for a sexual assault involving minimal contact. Despite the incident only entailing an employer putting his arm around our client and asking her to “smile more,” we were able to secure maximum compensation under the eggshell plaintiff rule.

Survivors of sexual assault need to know that they have legal options – and a civil lawsuit with Dordulian Law Group can be a means of obtaining the justice they deserve.

Contact DLG’s SAJE Team Today

As a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian obtained life sentences against some of our community’s most dangerous sexual predators. Dordulian has dedicated his life to helping survivors. Together with his experienced team of sexual assault attorneys, he’s here when you’re ready to take the first step towards securing justice and filing a civil claim.

If you’ve been sexually assaulted, whether by a powerful man or a former acquaintance, contact a member of our SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts) today for a free and no obligation consultation. DLG provides survivors with unique and all-encompassing representation that goes beyond the very best legal expertise available. As a sex crimes prosecutor, Sam Dordulian witnessed first-hand how sexual assault survivors often benefit from additional resources and support throughout the legal process.

As a result, when he founded DLG’s Sex Crimes Division to be the leading sexual assault firm in the nation, Dordulian also implemented a four-tiered team of professionals that could provide unique benefits to survivors.

DLG’s SAJE Team is available 24/7 to survivors as a support network:

  • Litigation Lead: Sam Dordulian, former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with over 100 jury trial victories and 25 years of experience
  • Investigative Lead: Moses Castillo, in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD sex crimes detective in the elite Abused Child Unit with over 30 years of experience
  • Mental Health Lead: In-house licensed clinical therapist with over 15 years of experience specifically assisting sexual assault survivors
  • Advocate Leads: Two licensed and nationally accredited victim advocates who have devoted their lives to helping sexual assault survivors

DLG offers a more comprehensive and all-encompassing form of combined legal representation and personalized support throughout the claims process. We understand how difficult coming forward to report sexual assault can be, but we’ve also seen how empowering obtaining justice on one’s own terms through a civil lawsuit is for so many survivors.

Accordingly, we encourage all sexual assault survivors to come forward as soon as possible and report their perpetrators. Doing so could have a substantially positive impact on one’s emotional, physical, and – in instances where civil claims are filed – financial well-being.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG’s Unparalleled Experience and Results for Survivors

In addition to our unique and all-encompassing SAJE Team, DLG provides each and every survivor with the utmost respect, discretion, professionalism, and dedication. We know how difficult the process of reporting a sexual assault can be, and we’re here to listen, to believe, and to support survivors in their pursuit of justice through civil lawsuits.

Our unparalleled experience and proven results are why sexual assault survivors throughout the nation consistently choose DLG to handle their claims, obtain justice, and recover maximum financial compensation on their behalf:

  • More than $100,000,000 recovered in settlements and verdicts
  • A 98% success record
  • More than 100 jury trial victories
  • Former sex crimes prosecutor
  • Former Deputy District Attorney for L.A. County
  • In-house Chief Investigator/retired LAPD detective
  • More than 25 years of sex crimes experience

Contact us today for a free and no obligation consultation to discuss your sexual assault case at 818-322-4056. DLG has successfully helped countless survivors recover maximum financial damages awards and obtain the justice they deserve on their own terms.

We accept every case on a contingency fee agreement, which means you never have to worry about upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses when securing the very best legal representation available. Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means you don’t pay a penny until we recover maximum financial compensation for your sexual assault claim.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you secure the justice you deserve through a sexual assault civil lawsuit.

*Update on case: The Court has rejected the defendant’s request to set aside the jury verdict. A request for a new trial has been granted, and DLG looks forward to retrying the case and potentially recovering a larger damages award for our client.

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