The complaint alleges that billionaire Johnson, an heir to the SC Johnson fortune, sexually assaulted the girl when she was 12 to 13 years old and that she has “suffered severe psychological and emotional distress as a result of the abuse,” according to the press release by Estey & Bomberger LLP, the woman’s attorney.
The plaintiff, who is now 18 to 19 years old, is not named in the lawsuit, which was filed in July.
An Estey attorney told a reporter with the Journal Times that Johnson touched the girl “beneath her clothing,” according to the story.
But Mark Richards, one of Johnson’s defense lawyers, says the girl has a history of stealing from Johnson and called her “a troubled person.”
“We have been aware of (the girl’s) claims since March 2011 when they were made, reviewed by the Racine County District Attorney’s office and rejected,” Richards told the newspaper. “These claims are unequivocally and demonstratively false. We intend to vigorously defend him.”
Johnson was released from jail two weeks ago after he served four months in jail and payed a $6,000 fine for touching his step-daughter inappropriately over a period of several years, beginning when the girl was in 6th or 7th grade. He served his time in Kenosha for safety reasons after pleading to misdemeanor charges of 4th degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct.
Johnson was charged in March 2011 with a single felony count of 1st degree repeated sexual assault of the same child after he reportedly admitted to a therapist in Arizona that he had molested his step-daughter.