Actor Rob Lowe accused of sexual abuse

April 16th, 2008 - 1:38 pm ICT by admin  

Los Angeles, April 16 (DPA) American actor Rob Lowe has been accused of sexual abuse by a nanny who once worked for “The West Wing” actor and his wife. Jessica Gibson, 24, Tuesday accused Lowe of repeatedly exposing himself and touching her while she worked for Lowe and his wife, Sheryl. In response, Lowe’s lawyers released letters from the actor’s other employees who vouched for his behaviour.

Gibson filed a lawsuit claiming he “placed his hand inside Gibson’s pants” several times and grabbed her buttocks without her consent. Her comments on the Today television show came two days after Lowe charged her with blackmail.

Gibson worked for the Lowes for seven years but denied that the long stint contradicted her claims. “I love the children,” she said. “I needed the job. I thought it would get better, and I was scared.”

But Lowe’s estate manager, Carol Andrade, defended the “The Outsiders” actor in a written declaration provided to Lowe’s legal team and obtained by People magazine: “Jessica never told me … that Rob ever said or did anything that she found inappropriate or offensive or that made her feel uncomfortable … or made sexual advances towards her,” wrote Andrade, who supervised the Lowes’ staff.

In another declaration, Jennifer Dynof, president of Lowe Profile, a company owned by Lowe, also stated that she had never witnessed any questionable behaviour by Lowe.

“In the past four years working for Rob, I have never seen him make any sexual advances towards any other woman or act inappropriately, offensively or disrespectfully towards any woman,” Dynof said.

Both employees added they would testify in court if need be, People reported.

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