Nanny: Rob Lowe exposed himself to me
Brothers and Sisters actor Rob Lowe has been accused by his former nanny of exposing himself and inappropriately touching her.
Jessica Gibson, 24, worked for Lowe and his wife, Sheryl, on and off for seven years until quitting on 24 February, according to an 18-page document filed on Monday in a Santa Barbara court.
The lawsuit alleges that Lowe, 44, ?placed his hand inside Gibson’s pants? several times from about September 2005 to around January 2008. The actor also allegedly grabbed her buttocks without her consent around December 2007, according to the filing.
In a statement read on Tuesday’s Today show ? while Gibson was being interviewed with her attorney Gloria Allred ? the Lowes’ attorney, Stanton ?Larry? Stein, said: ?Ms. Gibson’s older sister worked for the Lowes for seven years. Ms. Gibson worked for the Lowes on and off for seven years. She left at least two times, to pursue other jobs, and returned each time asking for more hours. She sent two emails the day after she left, both saying she loved the Lowes and her leaving had nothing to do with them but her heart wasn’t into being a nanny anymore.
?This is totally inconsistent with her latest allegations,? Stein added. ?An investigation of dozens of present and former employees has failed to find one single person to verify her allegations. The allegations in the complaint are simply untrue.?
Allred then replied: ?We don’t think so.?
Asked why she returned to work in the household, Gibson answered: ?I love the children. I needed the job. I thought it would get better, and I was scared.?
In her legal papers, Gibson also made harassment claims against Sheryl, 46, claiming Lowe’s wife would walk around the house naked, make vulgar comments, and would discuss her sex life with Lowe to the nanny.
The legal action is a response to a suit filed by the Brothers & Sisters star on 7 April, which accused Gibson of violating confidentiality agreements signed when she was employed.
Lowe claimed last week that she had demanded £750,000 by 11 April or she would go to the press with a ?laundry list? of allegations.
He called the move – which Gibson denies ? ?an attempt to damage and humiliate not only my wife and me, but our two young sons as well?.
Lowe’s lawyer slammed the claims, saying: ?An investigation of dozens of present and former employees has failed to find one single person to verify her allegations. The allegations in the complaint are simply untrue.?