A former Australian Citigroup executive who was working in New York says a young female employee set him up to be fired. His job was worth $US2.4 million a year.
David Murphy, 45, said Tila Azeem, 25, seduced him and then got him sacked. He claims she subjected him to an evening of drinks and dirty talk about her breasts, lips, and sexual prowess.
She then proceeded to tell their bosses that he came on to her according to court papers.
Mr. Murphy believes Ms. Azeem told him lurid tales about her sex life in an effort to get him to confess that he was attracted to her. He insists there was never any sex between them and he never said he had any feelings beyond friendship.
“The relationship, while an extremely close one, was never sexual, nor did Mr. Murphy ever make any overtures towards the formation of a sexual relationship,” his lawyer, John Singer, insists in an arbitration claim that accuses Ms. Azeem of slander.
It is alleged further by the lawyer that “Azeem boasted gleefully about her breasts and how they were undoubtedly larger than Mr. Murphy probably realised.”
She went on to confide in Mr. Murphy “that she and her fiance were having sex every week. She also, unprovoked, shared her preferred lighting arrangements for the performance of said act,” court papers said.
The day after these casual work drinks Ms. Azeem cut off all communication. Two weeks later, Citigroup HR told Mr. Murphy that Ms. Azeem claimed “he stalked her, and tried to get her in bed.”
He was fired days later. Was this a workplace psychopath at play?
Mr. Murphy was born in Australia and graduated from the University of Sydney.
He is also a married man and a father of two.
He has written a 66-page claim to try and prove Ms. Azeem is to blame for his dismissal at Citi. She is trying to counter this by seeking to stop the arbitration in Manhattan Supreme Court.