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Lawsuit filed against Orlando Gudes over defamation, emotional distress

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 17:50:22-04

A lawsuit was filed Monday against Tampa City Council Member Orlando Gudes in Hillsborough County.

The former legislative aide, who previously accused Gudes of sexual harassment, is now suing him over defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Gudes Complaint by ABC Action News on Scribd

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The court filing states that at times, Gudes refused to discuss community issues with local activists and leaders who were not providing sexual favors to him.

The lawsuit further states Gudes used antisemitic terms, while also referring to other City Council Members in vulgar terms. The filing says each time the aide told Gudes his behavior was inappropriate, he would become even more erratic, while depicting the aide as being "too sensitive."

The lawsuit says Gudes "was a misogynist who engaged in sexually suggestive behavior towards and about women, and even minor children."

It also says Gudes made the former aide's daughter uncomfortable by talking about her body and that he made sexually charged comments to a 19-year-old intern.

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This lawsuit comes more than a month after Gudes stepped down as Council Chairman.

As of Tuesday evening, attorneys for Gudes have not yet responded for comment. Gudes told ABC Action News via text message "legal council is handling these issues."