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Ex-Employees Testify Against Barbecue Chain's CEO

Posted September 24, 2007

— Citing a possible pattern of conduct, a judge on Monday allowed four former male employees of a restaurant executive to testify in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Jason Hallaman sued Smithfield's Chicken 'n Barb-B-Q founder and Chief Executive Gregory Moore three years ago, alleging he was fired as Moore's personal assistant in 2002 after he rebuffed several advances from Moore. The trial began last week, and testimony is expected to wrap up this week.

Lowell Kirk, John Vann, Paul Boyd and Randy Martin all testified Monday that Moore also propositioned them, made suggestive comments or physically touched them when they worked for him.

"One morning, he called on the intercom and asked me to come up to his quarters. When I got there, he was fully nude," said Boyd, who worked as Moore's assistant in 2004.

"He says, 'You know, you look really sexy. You're a really sexy-looking guy,'" said Vann, who managed several Smithfield's restaurants and was Moore's chief of staff last year.

Kirk, who worked as Moore's butler in 2002, shortly before Hallaman was hired, said he was at Moore's lake house during his third day on the job when Moore called him to his room.

"He asked me to take a seat on or to join him in bed. I wound up sitting on the corner of the bed," Kirk said. "He was underneath the covers, and they were partially pulled back. So, I could see he was not wearing any underwear."

Martin, who worked as a groundskeeper for Moore in 2003-04, said his boss commented several times on his physical appearance.

"I told him (the comments) were uncalled for," he said. "It just made me nervous as a person. I was just trying to do my job."

All four men said they were fired after rejecting Moore's advances. Martin also has a lawsuit pending against Moore.

Moore has denied, in pretrial documents, any wrongdoing in the case, although he acknowledged that he is bisexual.

Defense attorneys have said Hallaman was fired because of poor job performance and because he had signed Moore's name to a check for auto detailing services.


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  • shine Sep 25, 2007

    nobodys bizness..... Who is to say they are straight - - - -

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Sep 25, 2007

    nobodyz bizness- I love that statement!!!

  • nobodyz bizness Sep 25, 2007

    how quaint.....a pervert discriminating against straight men....

  • Reverend D. Sep 25, 2007

    What really gets me is the misinformation of the media. This Greg Moore is not the founder of Smithfield BBQ. His father worked his butt off to get this restaurant going in the mid to late 70's. Greg Moore only stepped up behind his mother who ran it after his father, Mr Junius Moore died. He merely inheritted a successful business and looks like he's doing his best to run it in the ground. Just my 2 cents.....

  • Reverend D. Sep 25, 2007

    Why would this Hallaman go to the lake house after being 'harassed' on the job previously. They may have had a consensual relationship 'til they had this spat over finances.

  • garnertoy Sep 25, 2007

    oh there there all right and every where else

  • cswisher1 Sep 25, 2007

    p.s. he says they DON'T have these kind of folks - oops!!!

  • cswisher1 Sep 25, 2007

    I think we should let Ahmadinajad get a hold of this perv (he says they have these kinds of folks in Iran) and teach him that you don't proposition young men or women or anyone for your own perverse pleasure - it appears this man is a sick freak - not all bisexuals are risque and harmful to the general public, but I would imagine a good many of them could pose a threat.......and I don't want to hear any flack about my opinion - it's just that - MY OPINION!

  • shine Sep 25, 2007

    lynnway = I excpect jury selection was a trip.........

  • haggis basher Sep 25, 2007

    "America is slowly turning into a land of immoral and perverted atheists..."
    As opposed to "a land of immoral and perverted christians...."

    the man is accused of sexually harassing his employees...would it have been better if he had been harassing women? This moral and straight atheist thinks not.....