Update III: The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office on Friday dropped the charges against Tom Ganley. According to WOIO, Assistant County Prosecutor Blaise Thomas said, "After further investigating the case of State v Ganley and consulting with the victim, this office made a determination to dismiss the case. This decision represents the desire of the victim not to go forward to trial. A motion was filed today with the court to enter a dismissal of the case without prejudice. (WOIO)
Update II: 19 Action News is reporting a grand jury brought an indictment against Tom Ganley, charging him with gross sexual imposition and kidnapping after hearing the case. (WOIO)
Update: The accuser filed an amended lawsuit that doesn't include any allegations of rape and doesn't convey any details of the alleged physical incident that were part of the original suit. She still contends Ganley refused to give her a job because she didn't welcome his hanky-panky advances.
Auto magnate and Republican congressional candidate Tom Ganley has been sued for sexual harassment.
As election season nears, Ganley will be talking about more than just the issues as he seeks to garner votes.
A 39-year-old Cleveland woman claims Ganley propositioned her, groped her, and offered $100 for her to go by lingerie.
Ganley's lawyer says the suit is extortion and motivated by politics. The accuser never informed police of the alleged August 2009 incident.
The woman then visited Ganley's Chevrolet dealership on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland three times during the following weeks, to discuss volunteer campaign duties and a reduction in the interest rate on a car loan she received from a Ganley dealership, the lawsuit says.
Ganley talked during the meetings about fixing her van for free, reducing her interest rate and giving her a job at a dealership, according to the suit.
In their second meeting, Ganley told the woman that he and his wife lead separate lives and live on opposite sides of their home, the suit says. In each of the meetings, the suit says, Ganley pressed her about what she does for "fun."
Ganley told her he wanted her to dominate her, parade her on a leash and have sex with her in front of his "play friends," the suit says. It accuses him of grabbing her from behind, wrapping his arms around her, kissing her and, despite her resistance, reaching into her pants.
Ganley's attorneys tried to reach an out-of-court settlement, but no agreement could be made.
Steve Dever, Ganley's lawyer, said, "These are baseless allegations, the only motive being to extort money and to cause political harm to a good and decent man. Tom Ganley is not the type of person who's going to back down from threats and be extorted for financial gain."
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