Jury awards Swedish woman $2 million in sexual harassment lawsuit against Wall Street boss

Associated Press

A jury has awarded $2 million to a young Swedish woman who sued her former Wall Street boss for sexual harassment.

Monday's decision came at a Manhattan civil trial where Hanna Bouveng accused Benjamin Wey of using his power as owner of New York Global Group to coerce her into sexual encounters before firing her after discovering she had a boyfriend.

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She testified that he also launched a smear campaign online, depicting her falsely as a prostitute, extortionist or drug user, and wrote vicious emails to her friends and family.

Wey said he never had sex with her and she squandered an opportunity to make it on Wall Street by embracing a nightclub scene that left her too hung over and tired to succeed.

She had sued for $850 million.