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Exec Testifies Again in Trial of Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted October 1, 2007

— The president of a local barbecue chain consistently denied during cross-examination on Monday that he made sexual advances toward a male employee whom he later fired.

Instead, Gregory Moore, who heads Smithfield's Chicken 'n Bar-B-Q, said his former employee, Jason Hallaman, was on a "power trip" from allegedly forging a check to a company that detailed Moore's cars.

"I did not do anything sexual to him or any sexual inappropriate touching or anything of the sort," he said.

Hallaman sued Moore three years ago, claiming sexual harassment and alleging he was fired as Moore's personal assistant in 2002 after he rebuffed several advances from Moore.

After a week of testimony in which Hallaman and four other former employees testified they were fired after rejecting Moore's overtures – including suggestive comments, unwanted physical contact and surprise appearances in the nude – Moore took the witness stand Friday to defend himself.

Moore tearfully acknowledged to jurors Friday that he is bisexual, but he denied the allegations of wrongdoing.

Calm and collected, Moore testified Monday that Hallaman threatened to expose his sexuality if Moore did not give him $1 million. At the time, Moore said, he was at a crossroad in his personal life.

"I needed to make – I could make – a decision … if I could live the rest of my life with another guy as a companion."

Moore's attorneys said their client fired Hallaman because of poor job performance and because he had signed Moore's name to the check. Hallaman alleged Moore also filed criminal charges against him to get revenge.

Moore testified that Hallaman fooled Moore into hiring him back after he was initially fired at the beginning of his employment.

"He sucked me back in," Moore said, when asked why he took Hallaman back.

The civil trial, now in its third week, was expected to resume Tuesday. The case is expected to wrap up this week.


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  • iamforjustice Oct 2, 2007

    If Hallaman was a real man he would not be in court. All he had to do was let Moore make advances at him...get it on tape...that is what most people do.

  • ranquick Oct 2, 2007

    Seems he after cash, didn't it come out yesterday that he told Moore he was going to sue him for a million. Take a hard long look at him future employers.

    I am also curious as the why he and his ex got divorce and why she testified for him, some of promising her moeny to help him.

    I also would not be surprise if he DID NOT make moves on Moore, strikes me as the type that would

  • shine Oct 2, 2007

    Go Panthers: Good point - I was wondering - WE are getting alot of the same story and no details in this thing........

  • shine Oct 2, 2007

    tired of govt waste....... Understood but this is a civil case and not considered criminal...... sometimes they circulate a different set of judges for the civil stuff......

  • tiredofgovtwaste Oct 1, 2007

    Wow. Why is this still making the news? It's a he said he said and thats it. I am beginning to wonder about the judge and why he has not dismissed this mess. Give Mr. Moore a break and lets get the criminals who are out there committing serious crimes in the court room and put them away. When our society spends three weeks on this type of case no wonder our courts are backed up, the jails are full overcrowded and justice moves at a snails pace.

  • gopanthers Oct 1, 2007

    I may have missed something but why is Hallamans Wife now his ex-wife? Could it be the street goes both ways and she found out or already knew something and that Hallaman is really just after some quick cash and found the perfect oppurtunity to get some.

  • 1Moms_View Oct 1, 2007

    Sounds like another disgruntled EXemployee trying to make some fast bucks.

  • hdvoodooqueen Oct 1, 2007

    One report stated a daughter tesified that she never saw any of that behavior...but come on, do you really think she WOULD have?

  • shine Oct 1, 2007

    Jokers Wild =You know him? How old is Hallaman?

  • shine Oct 1, 2007

    Good question 2allegal