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Paul Pierce Lawsuit Over Sexual Harassment At His Hookah Lounge Dismissed

By Ryan Naumann

NBA legend Paul Pierce is finally done with a lawsuit accusing him of employing a man who sexually harassed an employee at his hookah lounge.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a woman named Brianna Avelar has dismissed all claims against Paul Pierce over claims she was fired from his Hollywood hookah lounge after refusing the advances of a manager.

Back in October 2019, Avelar sued Piece along with the hookah manager Eric Mahoney for sexual harassment, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She was employed at the NBA star’s lounge called The Truth Hollywood. In the lawsuit, Avelar never accused Pierce of sexual harassment and only added him as a defendant because he owned the lounge.

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The suit said she was "employed by Paul Pierce as a bartender at "The Truth Hollywood" a bar, restaurant, and hookah lounge owned by him. She says she was put under the direct management by a man named Eric Mahoney. She claims the environment constituted a hostile work environment and Pierce and the other owners "knew of the sexual harassment" and "failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent and promptly correct any future harassing behavior against (the woman.) Therefore, Defendant is responsible for Mahoney's conduct."


Avelar says during the two weeks she worked at the bar the manager would often ask her into his office and close the door behind him. She claimed he began harassing her telling her she was “a very pretty young lady” and threatened her job by saying, “if you hook up with me you can keep your job.”

She said the manager continued to pursue her and in reference to a sexual proposition said, "and if you don't" to which she responded, "And If I don't, I'll be fired? She says he replied, "the ball is in your court.”

In the lawsuit, the woman says after denying the manager she was cut from shifts at the hookah bar, even though she had contacted another manager about being available to work. The woman sued seeking unspecified damages.

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