HOT TOPICS ▶ Undoing The New Deal     Target: Iran     The Real Baltimore     Reality Asserts Itself     United Kingdom    

  October 21, 2015

New Allegations of Sex for Repair Scheme at Gilmor Homes

More women come forward as pressure intensifies on Baltimore's housing commissioner to resign
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter

Thank you, The Real News does an excellent job - FedupwithR
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN


TAYA GRAHAM, TRNN: This is Taya Graham reporting for the Real News Network in Baltimore City, Maryland.

Lawyers have added new allegations in their lawsuit against the city in the sex for maintenance scandal in the troubled city housing project of Gimor Homes.

ANNIE HIRSCH: The allegations are [inaud.] that is what we believe, based on what people have been telling us.

GRAHAM: The initial lawsuit filed against the housing department included seven women who claimed they were asked to trade sexual favors by maintenance workers in exchange for repairs at the decrepit city housing project. But now lawyers say more women have come forward and the total has climbed to eleven.

HIRSCH: The new allegations include the addition of several plaintiffs, four to be exact, which also include another facility and another defendant.

GRAHAM: A pattern of harassment that they claim the city was aware of and the union who represents maintenance workers had already investigated.

HIRSCH: We also have witness affidavits that include union members who actually tried to conduct an investigation and were deterred from doing so and told to stop pursuing any kind of investigation.

GRAHAM: And also included an executive assistant to the deputy housing commissioner, who too was harassed even though she informed her supervisor.

HIRSCH: The allegations also include one woman who is actually a former employee of the HABC. She is an assistant to one of the higher-ups, and she has informed us that she did in fact tell somebody there, and nothing was done about it.

GRAHAM: In all the cases, according to [amended] complaint file today, the city did nothing. It's a mounting litany of allegations of malfeasance and miscues that is adding to the pressure for City Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano to resign. And another indictment of the city's neglect of public housing and the economic divide it engenders, even as the Inner Harbor continues to expand.

But they are also transgressions that are beginning to catch the attention of activists. Over the past two weeks, protesters have occupied City Hall. One of their demands: that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fire Housing Commissioner Graziano.

LAWRENCE GRAMPE: The demands were for the police commissioner of Baltimore to rescind his aggressive policing of protesters, first. Secondly, that Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano be fired.

GRAHAM: A demand that so far has not been met. Still, residents of Gilmor Homes say change is needed in a community that until now has been largely ignored.

LENISE DIGGS: If he knew about it and didn't do anything about it, and waited to the last minute to do something about it, I think he should be removed and put somebody new in there that's going to, you know, work with the people.

GRAHAM: Accountability for past sins they say is the only way to move towards the future.

DIGGS: They try to prey on people that they think is vulnerable to it. And I don't think it's fair.

GRAHAM: This is Taya Graham, Stephen Janis, and Megan Sherman reporting for the Real News Network in Baltimore City, Maryland.


DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at

latest stories

UN Mission Helped Plan Haitian Raid that Ended in Civilian Massacre
Fire and Fury: The Extreme-Right in the White House (Pt. 2/2)
Why is Trump Targeting Palestinian Refugees?
The Fight for a $15 Minimum Wage in Maryland Returns, With Force
Public or Private Ownership of Banks: Which is More Efficient?
Sex-For-Repairs Victim: 'I Felt Like I Had to Do This to Keep My Home'
Fire and Fury: Insights into the Fights Within the US Ruling Elite? (1/2)
How Will the Mayor's 'Safe Art Space' Task Force Affect Baltimore's Black Artists?
TRNN Replay: Poor People's Campaign Revival
Democrats Openly Back Establishment Candidates for 2018 Primaries
Empire Files: Abby Martin Meets Ahed Tamimi
Global Warming Will Increase Risks of Desertification
Maryland Bill Calls For 100% Renewable Energy by 2035
TRNN Replay: Daniel Ellsberg
From Haiti to Africa, US Owes More Than a Trump Apology
Senate Bill to Reverse FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal Gains Traction
Paramilitary Forces Threaten to Derail Colombia's Peace Agreement
Activists Who Protested UK's Biggest Arms Fair Found Guilty
Democracy in Crisis: Fire and Fire and Fury
Trump's Medicaid Work Requirements Punish the Poor
Judges Rule N. Carolina Representatives Cannot Choose their Voters
TRNN Replay - Guantanamo: Twelve Years of US War Crimes
After Israel Decimated Gaza, Human Rights Defenders Failed It (4/4)
Iran Protests End, But Grievances Remain
NYC Announces $5 Billion Fossil Fuel Divestment and Lawsuit Against World's Biggest Polluters
Bail Industry Allegedly Pays Bribes to Imprison the Poor
In Fusion GPS Testimony, More Questions Than Answers
Oprah 2020? A Progressive's Take
Finkelstein on Gaza's Right to Resist Military Occupation (3/4)
Global Warming and Extreme Cold: How One Leads to the Other,, The Real News Network, Real News Network, The Real News, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of Independent World Television inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and The Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Web Design, Web Development and Managed Hosting