A California woman has won $7 million from a man she sued for giving her herpes. She accused him of not disclosing his 25-year-old infection before having unprotected sex with her.
Seventy-seven-year old Thomas Redmond, who founded the Aussie line of hair care products, must pay fifty-six-year-old Patricia Behr $4 million in compensatory damages and $2.75 million in punitive damages. She also gets to keep the 2004 BMW he bought her as a gift.
The lawsuit alleged that Behr suffered stress and humiliation thanks to the defendant. The jury seemed to agree with her. Maybe Redmond should sue the person who gave it to him. Although I'm not sure what the statute of limitations is.
While the man's dishonesty is extremely troublesome, I can't help but be shocked by this verdict. At what point do we take personal responsibility for our sexual relations, even when we choose to have them with someone who turns out to be a liar?