Keller Williams is within the remaining levels of eradicating Seth Campbell, a high franchisee and growth proprietor, after an investigation into a number of allegations of sexual harassment.
Editor’s Notice: This story comprises graphic descriptions of alleged acts of sexual harassment.
A former Keller Williams agent is suing Seth Campbell — the embattled former chief of a giant Keller Williams franchise and growth community — over allegations of sexual battery, harassment and retaliation, in response to a lawsuit filed in Baltimore County Circuit Court docket on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for Keller Williams informed Inman that the corporate is presently within the remaining levels of ending Campbell’s affiliation with Keller Williams.
“The security and well-being of our associates is paramount and we don’t tolerate harassment of any sort,” stated a spokesperson for Keller Williams, who added that the corporate doesn’t touch upon pending authorized proceedings. “Allegations are taken very critically.”
Campbell didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the allegations contained within the criticism.
The criticism particulars a number of fees of sexual batteries that have been allegedly dedicated in opposition to a former agent that was affiliated with Keller Williams Legacy, a Keller Williams franchise that Campbell owned in Maryland. The agent is recognized by title within the criticism however Inman has chosen to not determine her.
In early 2019, Campbell allegedly started to mentor the accuser, in response to the criticism. In the course of the course of that mentorship the accuser allegedly revealed to Campbell that she had been abused throughout her teenage years.
“Utilizing the disclosure of her prior sexual abuse as a pretext, defendant Campbell began to single out Plaintiff for not solely ‘enterprise’ improvement, but in addition ‘private,’ or ‘life- coach’ improvement, advising, amongst different issues, that her prior sexual assault was a ‘hold up’ that she needed to recover from; that she wanted ‘management’ in her life that she was not getting from her current ‘life-partner,’ the criticism reads.
Campbell allegedly used “psychological manipulation” methods, in response to the criticism, to get the accuser to open up about her sexual historical past, whereas allegedly more and more revealing extra particulars about his personal. He additionally allegedly mocked her prior sexual “hang-ups,” in response to the criticism, described himself as “Dr. Seth,” and provided the lady use of his “rape room” to alleviate her of the impediment to her improvement that was her previous sexual assault, in response to the criticism.
In June 2019, the criticism states Campbell’s try to have interaction in a sexual relationship with the accuser turned an “obsession.” Round that point, Campbell allegedly “positioned his hand on plaintiff’s thigh, and slid his hand additional up her thigh to the touch plaintiff ’s underwear” after calling her into his workplace to pay attention to a enterprise assembly, the criticism says.
At occasions, Campbell allegedly apologized for “crossing a line,” however in response to the criticism, the alleged sexual batteries continued.
“On or about October 10, 2019, on the [Keller Williams Legacy office], Defendant Campbell handed plaintiff a cellphone with images of him and his spouse participating in intimate sexual exercise, at which period he made sexual advances towards her by shifting his hand up plaintiff’s gown in touch along with her interior thighs and vaginal space, whereas on the similar time asking mockingly, ‘does this cross the road’ ‘Are you courageous sufficient for this but?’ ‘Have you ever gotten over your ethical blockages?’” the criticism reads.
The criticism, which was filed on September 29 in Baltimore County Circuit Court docket, states Campbell’s actions led to the plaintiff having night time terrors, refraining from consuming, and battling an consuming dysfunction, physique dysmorphia and alcoholism.
The five-count criticism particularly seeks that the courtroom grants judgment within the plaintiffs favor, “collectively and severally in opposition to the defendants within the quantity as decided by a jury in extra of $75,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, curiosity, prices and charges together with affordable attorneys’ charges.”
Campbell was the working associate of Keller Williams Legacy in Maryland for six years, a Keller Williams franchisee with roughly 500 brokers beneath his supervision. He additionally launched the Five Doors Network, an online of seven Keller Williams growth franchises that spans the USA, with franchises in Washington, Idaho, California, Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida.
He was at one time a coach via the corporate’s Mastery program, and a former worker that labored beneath Campbell informed Inman that individuals throughout the firm, “deal with Campbell like a god,” and “observe his each phrase.”
Keller Williams first acknowledged it was conducting an investigation throughout a courtroom listening to relating to a short lived restraining order the corporate filed in opposition to Vlad Kats, a former enterprise associate of Campbell’s, in February 2020. An lawyer for Keller Williams, within the courtroom submitting, had acknowledged that the corporate was investigating a number of allegations of sexual harassment.
A subsequent investigation by Inman revealed allegations of sexual harassment by each a former agent affiliated with Keller Williams who had a enterprise relationship with Campbell, and a former staffer at considered one of Campbell’s workplaces.
The staffer alleged that Campbell made remarks about previous sexual encounters in dialog with the employees on a number of events and referred to as the tradition within the workplace beneath Campbell, “poisonous.”
The previous agent alleged that Campbell regularly pushed the boundaries of their enterprise relationship, sending an express textual content message through Snapchat as soon as and asking her for footage, for which he later apologized after confronted about it, in response to the agent. He additionally reportedly made an advance on the agent in a lodge room, however stopped when she informed him “no” repeatedly and pushed him off.
In accordance with the previous Keller Williams agent who shared her story with Inman, management at Keller Williams knew about Campbell’s alleged historical past of sexual harassment in August 2016, when she reported it to Mo Anderson and Mary Tennant, two former executives with the corporate, each of whom have been on the board of administrators on the time.