Jesse James Accused of Sexual Harassment Pre-Sandra

Fired West Coast Choppers employee sued the mechanic for allegedly groping her and exposing himself, among other offenses

By Natalie Finn, Lindsay Miller Mar 26, 2010 12:35 AMTags
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This isn't the first time Jesse James has been accused of behaving badly.

The Monster Garage star and his company, West Coast Choppers, were the target of a sexual-harassment lawsuit in 2000, E! News has learned.

Former employee Deann McClung claimed in a lawsuit that James harassed her "on a regular basis," from the time she was hired in April 1999 to when she was "terminated in retaliation for her complaints" on Jan. 19, 2000.

The suit was dismissed before seeing the light of day in court, but the allegations in the public record are just that: public.

McClung said that the conduct she was accusing James of would have been "offensive to any reasonable woman." (What, like exposing himself or something?)

The complaint, filed April 24, 2000, in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleged that James kept pornography around the office, directed lewd glances at McClung and other women, made degrading comments and sexually propositioned her, touched her and exposed his Vanilla Gorilla "sexual organ."

When she complained, she was fired, McClung said.

The plaintiff alleged sexual harassment, retaliation, failure to prevent sexual harassment, sexual battery, wrongful termination and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She was seeking unspecified damages to make up for lost wages and emotional wear and tear on her psyche.

The case was dismissed with prejudice (can't be refiled) in May 2001 at the request of both parties' attorneys.

James wasn't much more than a local celebrity at the time, his Monster Garage not premiering on the Discovery Channel until 2002. He hadn't even married wife No. 2, Janine Lindemulder, yet, let alone knew Sandra Bullock.


Get a load of the ladies who claim they've played with his sexual organ in our Jesse James' Classy Ladies gallery.