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SA Rugby chief executive officer Johan Prinsloo has denied claims in court that he sexually harassed a 29-year-old male computer systems consultant.


The consultant named Lindsey Williams of Lansdowne has lodged a R400 000 claim against Prinsloo and SA Rugby in the Cape High Court and alleges that Prinsloo made unwanted verbal and physical sexual advances towards him between October 2004 and August 2005 whilst his company EOH Consulting Services provided an IT service to SA Rugby..


According to reports in the Cape Argus Williams claimed that Prinsloo made sexually inappropriate suggestions and comments with sexual overtones, and that he touched him and tried to kiss him on the lips.


He alleged that Prinsloo also made sexually suggestive sounds, hugged Williams and said: “Come here my baby.”


Defending himself in court papers, Prinsloo denied the allegations and said that he had “casual conversations” with Williams in his Newlands office between November 2004 and August 2005 when Williams assisted him with his laptop computer.


Prinsloo alleged in his court papers that Williams often asked him for insight and guidance about his future career plans.


Williams however said that Prinsloo’s conduct was “unwelcome and offensive” which made him feel humiliated, embarrassed and degraded.


Prinsloo is not reported to deny trying to kiss Williams but he said in his papers that “at no point in time and in whatsoever nature was he made aware of the fact that his alleged conduct was unwelcome, offensive, humiliating, degrading and embarrassing to (Williams)”.


Williams said that the alleged incidents made him withdraw from social situations and that he lost focus at work as he suffered from sleep disturbances, panic, anxiety, guilt and depression.


Prinsloo denies the claims and liability for the damages but indicated in his papers that he did not intend to cause Williams emotional or psychological harm.


SARugby is said to have held an internal disciplinary hearing where Prinsloo was cleared.


Once SARugby had cleared Prinsloo, Williams instituted the claims as the psychological trauma has diminished his earning capacity and his personality has changed.


In his papers he says he has “lost his sense of contentment, happiness and stability”.


His R402 000 claim includes R2 000 damages for counselling, R50 000 for future medical expenses, R50 000 for the impairment of his dignity and R300 000 for psychological trauma.

 

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