Miguel Cotto is set to appear in U.S. district court in Puerto Rico this January, as he, his father, Cotto's wife Melissa Guzman, brother Jose Cotto and cousin Carlos Cotto are all being sued for sexual harassment by Martha L. Chacon Acevedo, who worked for the fighter on a residential property he owned.
Chacon is seeking about $500,000 total. $250,000 for pain and mental anguish, $250,000 for punitive damages, and $11,000 for services rendered to the corporate partners also being sued.
The AP was able to contact Cotto, who gave the following statement:
"We are going to leave everything in our lawyers' hands and everything will be resolved in court," Miguel Cotto Carrasquillo, the fighter's father, said in a written statement late Monday.
The lawsuit was actually filed on August 24, but just became known this week. The Cotto family issued a statement calling the suit, "frivolous, empty and a total fabrication."
Part of the suit I found, uh, "interesting" was a bit that TMZ picked up on:
[A]ccording to the lawsuit, he used the show "Nip/Tuck" in an attempt to score below the belt.
The woman behind the suit claims she worked for Cotto at a residential complex he owned in Puerto Rico -- but soon after Cotto hired her, he offered "money and other benefits in exchange for sustaining a sexual relationship with him."
As for the "other benefits" -- according to the lawsuit, Cotto offered the woman lingerie, body creams, lotions, champagne, and DVDs of "Sex and the City" and "Nip/Tuck" ... which the accuser calls "pornographic material."
Chacon also admits she eventually did sleep with Cotto after so many "unwanted" advances. After she decided she "could not cope" with the situation any longer, she ended the relationship, at which point she alleges she was fired.