Finley’s attorney said: “The aggression that was shown to him by members of the Dawson family, and the nature of that aggression leads one to think that motivations were transphobic.”
WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A transgender handyman is suing Rosario Dawson and her family for allegedly subjecting him to gender discrimination and assault while he worked for the family in December 2017.
- Dedrek Finley, 55, claimed that the family ordered him to move out of Dawson’s mother’s former apartment, where he was living with the family in exchange for work.
- The 40-year-old actress, the girlfriend of Sen. Cory Booker, Dawson’s mother, Isabel, her stepfather, Gregory Dawson, and her uncle Gustavo Vasquez are also named in the lawsuit.
A transgender handyman is suing actress Rosario Dawson and her family for allegedly subjecting him to gender discrimination and assault while he worked for the family in December 2017.
According to 55-year-old Dedrek Finley, he came out to the family as transgender two years ago, claiming the family was dismissive of using male pronouns to refer to him.
Finley added that Dawson’s stepfather told him, “you’re not a man,” and “you only think you’re a man,” according to court documents filed Friday, The Los Angeles Times reported.
“Once Mr. Finley was lying helpless on the ground outside, Isabel, who is substantially larger than Mr. Finley, got on top of Mr. Finley’s body and began punching him,” the court documents read, according to People. “While beating Mr. Finley, Isabel screamed, ‘You’re not so much of a man now,’ which was a clear and denigrating reference to Mr. Finley’s gender identity.”
Finley claimed the family had initially asked him to move from New York to Los Angeles — to work on the renovation of Dawson’s home.
Dawson, 40, is the girlfriend of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker who has spoken out against transphobia.
Dawson’s representatives and the family’s lawyer did not immediately respond to Fox News’ after-hours email. The actress has yet to respond to other news outlets.
According to The Times, Dawson’s mother, Isabel Dawson, her stepfather, Gregory Dawson, and her uncle Gustavo Vasquez are also named in the suit.