Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is accused in a lawsuit of berating a pair of Chicago Park District attorneys in 2021 over the city’s controversial Christopher Columbus statue and telling the two men “my d**k is bigger than yours … I have the biggest d**k in Chicago.”
Lightfoot ordered the Columbus statue removed from Arrigo Park in 2020 after it was vandalized amid the George Floyd protests, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans sued the Chicago Park District — which owns the statue — in an attempt to get it back in the park.
The lawsuit noted that the park district reached an agreement giving the Italian-American group temporary possession of the statue so it could be shown in the city’s 2021 Columbus Day Parade.
But the lawsuit added that two days before the parade, Lightfoot told “a leading representative of the Italian American Community that the Columbus statue should not be shown in the Columbus Day parade, even for 20 minutes, and that unless he promised that the statue would not be in the parade she was going to pull the permit for the entire Columbus Day parade. The representative agreed and the statue was not used in the parade.”
The lawsuit also alleges that on the evening of Columbus Day, Lightfoot had a Zoom call with a number of officials, including park district general counsel Timothy King and the lawsuit’s plaintiff, George Smyrniotis, then-deputy general counsel for the park district.
The suit said Lightfoot berated Smyrniotis and King, saying, “You d**ks, what the f*** were you thinking?” In addition, according to the suit, Lightfoot accused King and Smyrniotis of making “some kind of secret agreement with Italians, what you are doing, you are out there measuring your d**ks with the Italians seeing [who’s] got the biggest d**k, you are out there stroking your d**ks over the Columbus statue, I am trying to keep Chicago Police officers from being shot, and you are trying to get them shot. My d**k is bigger than yours and the Italians, I have the biggest d**k in Chicago.”
Smyrniotis claims in the lawsuit that Lightfoot defamed him with “crude, insulting, false, and disrespectful statements,” even asking him, “Where did you go to law school? Did you even go to law school? Do you even have a law license?” In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Lightfoot told Smyrniotis: “Get that f***ing statue back before noon tomorrow, or I am going to have you fired.”
In addition, Smyrniotis’ suit claims he suffered a damaged reputation, was portrayed in a false light, suffered impairment of his ability to perform his job and great emotional distress, and that he was forced to resign last month. He’s seeking monetary damages.
Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, told the Chicago Sun-Times he’s outraged by what Lightfoot is accused of saying in the lawsuit.
“I’m literally beside myself with amazement. Even though she’s shown signs of this type of behavior in the past, I can’t believe, number one, that she would talk to her attorneys this way. How do you talk to anybody this way?” Onesti wondered to the paper, adding that “it’s offensive. We’re Chicagoans first. That’s our mayor. And our mayor is talking about her constituency that way. About an ethnic group that way. A very large ethnic group. There isn’t an ethnic group that deserves that kind of vulgar referencing. … I’m astounded . . . It’s embarrassing, and it’s insensitive.”
The Sun-Times said Onesti demanded Lightfoot issue an immediate apology and that he had been “on the verge of demanding the mayor’s resignation.”
“I’ve got to say it’s practically irreparable. That’s why I’m teetering on the apology issue. Because, for her to apologize — I mean, there is irreparable damage,” Onesti added to the paper.
The mayor’s office had no comment on the lawsuit or on Onesti’s demand for an apology, the Sun-Times reported, adding that the city law department on Thursday added that it “has not yet been served with a complaint and will have no further comment as the matter is now in litigation.”
This is an excerpt from TheBlaze.
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