Teen Says Business Guru Harassed Her
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Self-help guru J.T. Foxx harassed a teen-ager with sexually suggestive messages after she and her dad attended one of his business seminars, the young woman claims in court.
Kelsey Ell sued J.T. Foxx and the J.T. Foxx Organization in Superior Court.
Ell, of Vancouver, British Columbia, says she was an 18-year-old high school student when she met Foxx at business workshop she attended with her father in March this year.
The complaint states: "J.T. Foxx is a purported self-made millionaire who now dedicates his time to 'coaching' others to their path to success in business. However, a quick review of online postings reveal that he is nothing more than a fast-talking scam artist who makes his money from innocent unsuspecting consumers.
"On or about March 3 and 4, 2012, Rob Ell attended a business development iMarketing seminar. He was accompanied by his daughter, the 18-year old plaintiff, who was to complete high school in June 2012. This was plaintiff's first business seminar. Mr. Ell believed that this would be a valuable business university experience for plaintiff, giving her the opportunity to learn, perform, and grow with respect to her business skills. The workshop was conducted by defendant Foxx.
"On or about the evening of March 3, 2012, and after defendants had obtained information as to how much Mr. Ell was willing to spend on coaching, Mr. Ell and plaintiff were invited to have dinner with Stedman Graham, Raymond Aaron, and defendant Foxx.
"Mr. Ell and plaintiff were told numerous stories regarding how defendants could help them achieve business success through defendant Foxx's program, Mega Partnering. As a result, Mr. Ell and Plaintiff signed up for the Mega Partnering coaching program to be held in Dallas, Texas on May 2-6, 2012. The cost was $34,000 and included VIP tickets. Mr. Ell was also told that he would meet George Ross, Donald Trump's right-hand man, at 'Billionaire' in Chicago on June 1-3, 2012.
"The staff welcomed Mr. Ell and Plaintiff into the Foxx family. Mr. Ell and plaintiff were also given VIP badges and had their pictures taken with Stedman Graham,
Raymond Aaron, and defendant Foxx."
The complaint does not state whether the Ells paid the $34,000.
It continues: "On or about the night of March 4, 2012, defendant Foxx personally welcomed Mr. Ell (whom he referred to as 'Mr. Mayor'), via Facebook, into his 'family.' A true and correct copy of the Facebook conversation between Foxx and Ell is attached hereto as Exhibit 'A' and incorporated by reference herein.
"On or about the night of March 4, 2012, and unbeknownst to Mr. Ell, defendant Foxx 'friended' plaintiff on Facebook. From that time on, defendant Foxx began preying on plaintiff, by sending her numerous messages."
Eight pages of messages are attached as exhibits to the complaint.
Soon, the complaint states, "Defendant's messages got more and more aggressive and sexual in nature. On March 5, 2012, plaintiff wrote to defendant Foxx, 'Hey! Hope you're feeling better today!' Defendant Foxx responded, 'Why are u going to take care of me ... lol[.]" Plaintiff responded, 'With all your amazing energy you'll cure yourself in no time.' Defendant Foxx then responded back, 'ahhhhhh that's cold ... lol[.]'" (Brackets and ellipses in complaint.)
The next day, Kelsey sent Foxx her cellphone number, and he "responded with his own phone number saying, 'Text me ... Keep confidential just you [.]'," according to the complaint. (Brackets and ellipses in complaint.)
The complaint continues: "Defendant Foxx's unwelcome advances progressed and on March 6, 2012, defendant Foxx initiated a conversation with plaintiff by sending her a text saying, 'Guess who[.]' When plaintiff responded, defendant Foxx asked, 'Miss me yet ... lol[?]'" ...
"On March 7, 2012 at 6:31 p.m., defendant Foxx texted plaintiff saying, 'Bet you missed me[.]' Clearly disturbed by defendant Foxx's advances, plaintiff attempted to change the subject by responding, 'How's Chicago?' defendant Foxx responded, 'I was recovering still. Still not feeling well[.]' When plaintiff suggests that defendant Foxx go to the spa, defendant Foxx, with clear sexual undertones responded, 'You need to nurse me me[.]' [Sic.]
"On March 8, 2012, plaintiff asked defendant Foxx, 'Did you have a cold or the flu or what[?]' Defendant responded, 'Doc says worn down ... He suggested I relax and
"Defendant Foxx went on to ask suggestively, 'Anyone you know[?]' Plaintiff responded, 'Not off the top of my head[.]' Defendant then told plaintiff that, 'No is more pretty than u[.] So I guess I am screwed[.]'
"Defendant Foxx continued to send texts to plaintiff until March 9, 2012. On or about that time, Mr. Ell discovered that defendant Foxx had been making sexual advances towards plaintiff and promptly ended communications between the two. Mr. Ell also notified defendant Foxx's business development partner, Ryan Malfara, and CEO Damien Elston."
On his website, Foxx describes himself as an entrepreneur, Internet marketer, real estate investor, "top wealth coach," internationally syndicated radio host, and speaker.
Ell seeks damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress and harassment.
She is represented by Jonathan Michaels of Newport Beach.
Foxx did not immediately respond to a request for comment.