It looks like two more women have come out of the woodwork to accuse Arlington’s most notorious perv, James Marzilli. According to the Boston Globe, an employee of Marzilli’s wife and a minister have filed a civil rights injunction against Marzilli. This injunction if granted would have the basic effect of a blanket restraining order in which Marzilli couldn’t go near any women. Wow, who knew such a thing existed, and that it carries a 10 year jail term if violated.
Two more women came forward yesterday alleging they were victimized by state Senator J. James Marzilli Jr., including a minister who says the state senator made lewd comments and rubbed up against her at a 2006 Deval Patrick political rally attended by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The second woman, an unmarried mother of two, alleged that while spending the night in Marzilli’s guest room Sept. 4, 2007, while his wife was away, she woke up with Marzilli on top of her. The woman worked for WAND, a nonprofit organization headed by Marzilli’s wife, Susan Shaer, who fired her within days after another of Marzilli’s alleged victims told Arlington police he groped her in April 2008.
The latest allegations were contained in a civil-rights lawsuit against Marzilli filed by attorney Wendy Murphy yesterday in Middlesex Superior Court. In the suit, Murphy asked for a court order barring Marzilli from “assaulting, threatening, intimidating, coercing, following, or harassing” his alleged victims or any other women. A hearing on the request was scheduled for July 31.
Marzilli remains in his Senate seat, but has said he will not seek reelection this year. Marzilli’s lawyer, Terrence Kennedy, said yesterday that he had not yet received the complaint, and he would not comment on the new allegations.
Even though Marzilli is already facing criminal charges that he harassed and made sexual comments to four women in Lowell, Murphy said she is seeking a civil rights injunction because violating such an order carries a harsh penalty, up to 10 years in prison.
The article continues on to say that Marzilli will not use mental illness as a defense instead relying on the same sex groping omission we talked about last weekend.
Oh and to the point that the new woman said that Marzilli’s wife fired her over the groping.
Shaer, executive director of Women’s Action for New Directions in Arlington, said she did not know her former employee was making accusations against her husband until questioned yesterday by the Globe. The complaint suggests that when Shaer’s employee went to police to report her allegations, she was fired in retaliation.
“Any implication that [her] termination was connected in any way with anything other than her job performance is simply untrue,” Shaer said. “This is the first time I have ever heard of any accusation involving [her]. I’m shocked and saddened she would imply I would be anything other than professional about her job situation.”
Yup right, un huh.