Former CBS video producer Kenneth Lombardi is suing the network for sexual harassment, according to the New York Post.
The entertainment reporter, who left his job in November, claims he was inappropriately touched by former CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley director Albert “Chip” Colley during a meeting at a Hell’s Kitchen gay bar.
“I have symptoms of PTSD from this,” Lombardi told the Post on Thursday. “I have nightmares. I relive these moments every day.”
The two coworkers met to discuss a reel of Lombardi’s work, but according to the former producer, the conversation turned to Lombardi’s sexual orientation while Colley forced drinks on him and rubbed his thigh. “He was sending me porn on my phone while he was talking about my career,” Lombardi said.
The 29-year-old soon fled to the bathroom where he called his mom for help, according to the suit.
Lombardi says the uncomfortable encounters continued at work, where Colley reportedly cornered him in the office. The reporter also alleges that then senior producer Duane Tollison made moves on him while drunk during his time at NBC. The suit claims Tollison slid his hands down Lombardi’s pants and grabbed his penis and testicles.
Lombardi says he has emails and text messages to back up his claims, which Lombardi adds landed on deaf ears when he reached out to CBS’s human resources department.
“While I was being attacked by Chip, I was texting my brother, ‘Oh my God, I’m about to be raped. Please, God, help me,’” he said to the Post. “It’s painful to even look at them again.”
CBS issued the following statement to EW: “While CBS takes all allegations of workplace misconduct seriously, we believe Mr. Lombardi’s claims are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend this lawsuit.”