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Boss of the Year

NASHVILLE (CN) - A 27-year-old mother says her former boss, a chiropractor, stranded her on a "business trip" to Colombia after she refused to have sex with him and a prostitute and her boss's sex toys. She claims Robert Michael Thompson, D.C., abandoned her in the Bogota airport without money for a ticket, and told her, "Good luck finding a way home."

The woman claims that Thompson, owner of Tennessee Wellness Centers, offered her a sales job after he met her as she tended bar at the Opryland Hotel. She was supposed to start in January.

But before she began working for him, she says, Thompson invited her on two "business trips," claiming her "presence or absence ... would determine the outcome of her employment contract."

Things got strange even before they left for Colombia, she says. She says Thompson told her to meet him at his home in Tennessee, where she saw him "pack three bottles of liquor, multiple switchblade knives, many cigarette lighters, and marijuana."

Anji Hill, mother of a 2-year-old and engaged to a U.S. Marine, says she begged Thompson not to pack the drugs. She adds that she did not realize that he packed the sex toy she saw on his bed.

After one day in Colombia, Hill says, Thompson told her she was "'in charge of the d***s,' using a crude, graphic terms to refer to sex toys that he had brought to Colombia. He told Ms. Hill that he was going to get a prostitute, and that Ms. Hill would participate in sex acts with the prostitute, including acts involving the sex toys."

No, I'm not, she told him, despite his proposal that they get married in "a big wedding if she wanted one," and his avowal that if she got breast implants, "he would not be able to keep his eyes and hands off of her," according to the complaint.

She says she refused all of his improper requests, including that she "lose the attitude."

She says Thompson abandoned her in the Bogota airport with "not enough money to purchase [a] ticket home," and told her, "Good luck finding a way home."

She suffered an "emotional breakdown," and called her fiancé and his family for help, who arranged for her flight home, she says.

After that, she says, Thompson sent her an offensive, threatening e-mail, which he forwarded to several people, stating that she watched him have sex, that she was bisexual, "and that she told stories of having sex with other women," all of which is untrue, she says.

She claims that his threat included the statement: "You can expct [sic] a vigorous and sustained prosecution, if their [sic] is even a hint or a rumor of legal action taken by you against me .........I will win and my judgement [sic] for damages against you will far exceed and [sic] possible recovery or claim you may have for a breach on my part."

Nonetheless, she seeks damages for human rights violations, outrage, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery, false imprisonment, defamation and fraudulent misrepresentation. She also seeks writ of attachment for his practice's assets, claiming that he has withdrawn money from its accounts, left it in "disarray," is severing ties with Nashville, and apparently intends to move to Colombia, where he has rented an apartment. She adds that he continues to spend "substantial amounts of money on prostitutes and strippers ... wherever he may be."

She is represented by Kenneth Jones Jr. with Jones Hawkins & Farmer.

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