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article image'The Dark Knight' creator Frank Miller sued by former employee

By Hector Garingalao     Oct 11, 2012 in Entertainment
New York - A woman filed a lawsuit in a Manhattan Supreme Court against graphic novel veteran Frank Miller and his girlfriend. Miller's girlfriend allegedly had put the former staff in a hostile working environment. When the staff complained to Miller, he fired her.
41-year-old Joanna Gallardo-Mills, who used to be a film actress in the Philippines, started working as an executive coordinator for comic book writer, 'Sin City' and 'The Dark Knight' creator Frank Miller in November 2008. According to Gallardo-Mills, it did not take long before abusive treatment developed towards her by Miller's girlfriend Kimberly Cox.
New York Post reported that according to Gallardo-Mills, Cox threw phones at her, destroyed her printer with a hammer, smeared her work area with feces, and also left a stained feminine hygiene pad by her desk. Gallardo-Mills claims that she was terminated for complaining about Cox's treatment.
Graphic Novel and comic book writer Frank Miller and girlfriend Kimberly Cox.
Graphic Novel and comic book writer Frank Miller and girlfriend Kimberly Cox.
Philippine native Gallardo-Mills said that Cox, who is a much younger girlfriend to Miller, made it clear that she had bias issues with her by yelling, "I can’t understand your funky accent. Speak f--king English." The lawsuit notes that Gallardo-Mills has lived in the United States for over 20 years, is fully fluent in English, and she only spoke English in her professional capacity with Miller.
Gallardo-Mills' suit states that back in July of 2010, inside Miller and Cox's living/work office space in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen district, Cox smeared human feces on Gallardo-Mills' countertop in her work area. The following year, Cox scattered all of Gallardo-Mills’ files across the floor, and destroyed her printer with a hammer. The suit also says that Cox left her filthy underwear and used menstrual pad in her work space.
High-powered employment attorney Matthew J Blit, representing Gallardo-Mills, said: "Nobody should have to work under those conditions." Gallardo-Mills is seeking unspecified money damages from Miller and Cox for discrimination and mental anguish.
"We didn’t know this was going forward because she was offered a very heavy settlement and declined," Cox said. Furthermore, she said that she was shocked by the lawsuit. Miller's rep did not return a call to comment.
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