An LA court has thrown out a sexual harassment case against Robbie Williams and Ayda Field
The Take That star and Ayda Field were being sued by their former personal assistant Gilles De Bonfilhs over claims Field “engaged in unwanted and unwelcome sexual conduct and behaviour” towards the ex-employee.
De Bonfilhs sued Mr Williams, 42, and Loose Women panellist Miss Field, 37, for sexual harassment, discrimination, breach of employment contract and fraud.
But a spokesman for Los Angeles Superior Court said the case had been dismissed ahead of a planned trial date of February 16.
A judge did not have to rule on the dismissal as it was requested by De Bonfilhs and his lawyer on December 22, the spokesman added.
Yitz Weiss, representing De Bonfilhs, declined to comment on whether a settlement had been agreed, while lawyers for Mr Williams and Miss Field could not be reached.
The case was dismissed with prejudice, a court spokesman said, meaning it cannot be brought back to court.
The singer and his wife not have to give evidence in the lawsuit
Loose Women panellist Miss Field, 37
In the lawsuit, De Bonfilhs claimed Miss Field exposed her naked body, asked him intimate questions about his sex life and discussed her own “sexual activity” while he worked for the couple between October 2014 and January 2015.
It was alleged Miss Field requested De Bonfilhs “enter private areas” of her LA home “while she was in various states of undress”.
Robbie Williams at the BBC Electric Proms
Wed, October 21, 2009
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Robbie Williams performs at the BBC Electric Proms
A judge did not have to rule on the dismissal as it was requested by De Bonfilhs and his lawyer
Mr Williams and Miss Field branded the claims “despicable lies” and filed a counter complaint for fraud and false invasion of privacy.
They claimed De Bonfilhs was fired after three months for his “total job abandonment and numerous other instances of wrongful conduct”, according to court documents.
The celebrity couple married in August 2010 and have two children – daughter Theodora Rose, four, and son Charlton Valentine, two.