Bisexual Sues for Sexual Harassment at CBS

A handsome 29-year-old man who identifies as bisexual left his job in November as a  video producer at CBS and is now suing for sexual harassment, saying he was repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network — including the director for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Kenneth Lombardi said he compared CBS to “the Catholic Church or Penn State” for allegedly sweeping his complaints under a carpet.

“I have nightmares. I relive these moments every day. The sound of ice in a glass will take me back to that moment,” he told the New York Post.

Through the course of his job covering red carpet events, Lombardi interviewed stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Elton John and Clint Eastwood for CBSNews.com

He is out as bisexual, but said his bosses didn’t believe him, and pushed him into liaisons at gay bars. In one complain he texted his brother:

“OH MY GOD, I’M ABOUT TO BE RAPED. PLEASE, GOD, HELP ME.’

Some of the email messages from his superiors became X-rated and links to porn sites, which occurred over the past year. He said he was terrified and suffered PTSD.

Lombardi’s lawyer, Derek Smith, said, “It’s a typical story of a man or a woman who just wants to get ahead in the entertainment business. Facts like this take us back to the days of Marilyn Monroe and the casting couch.”

Lombardi said he received no help when he went to his superiors, and that another senior producer “slid his hand down Plaintiff Lombardi’s pants and grabbed Plaintiff’s penis and testicles,” the suit says.

Neither CBS nor any of the people named in the lawsuit have any comment so far.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]