A jury ordered The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump to pay $100,000 in a lawsuit brought forward by former employee Karina Bustillos.
Lisa Vanderpump was shocked to learn the verdict in a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forth by Bustillos, a waitress at her restaurant Villa Blanca.
Bustillos went to court after she was allegedly “manhandled” by another staff member on Lisa Vanderpump’s payroll - the manager, Michael Govia.
A jury decided to hold Villa Blanca at fault and has hereby ordered Bustillos be paid $100,000 in punitive damages as a result of the alleged harassment.
Lisa Vanderpump’s attorney, outraged at the verdict, plans to file an appeal, saying “We are in absolute shock at the amount of punitive damages that were awarded.
"Especially in light of nominal compensatory damages awarded and the lack of evidence ... We plan to file an appeal and are confident that we will prevail.”
According to reports, the waitress was allowed to go after Villa Blanca for punitive damages because the jury “found the restaurant acted with malice.”
No one, however, expected that Bustillos would be awarded such a large sum of money. Bustillos was happy with the verdict, though ... not surprisingly.
Lisa Vanderpump might be outraged on principle, but if you watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills online, what's a hundred grand to this woman?
Heck, she might spend that much to hire best legal team in the country just to appeal this verdict to death and win simply for the sake of winning.