Former employees accuse Denver oil tycoon of groping, harassment and sexual assault

The harassment and assault came with the threat of losing their jobs at Denver-based Grynberg Petroleum Co. if they didn’t comply.

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The surge of women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment and assault by powerful men continues with accusations against Denver oil tycoon Jack Grynberg.

Three women allege in a Douglas County lawsuit that the 85-year-old groped and harassed them in 2015 and 2016, the Denver Post reports. One of the women says she was forced to have sex with him multiple times.

The harassment and assault came with the threat of losing their jobs at Denver-based Grynberg Petroleum Co. if they didn’t comply. All three were eventually fired for refusing him, they say.

A fourth woman, who was employed by Grynberg about 40 years ago, has made similar allegations. She is not a plaintiff in the lawsuit but filed an affidavit about her experiences.

“It’s amazing how many women have come forward lately to complain about the same thing, not just about those who are famous, such as Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, but also the lesser-known Jack Grynbergs,” attorney Elwyn Schaefer, who represents the three women, told the Post. “It says something about how this type of conduct has been allowed to proliferate.”

The women have also named two Grynberg company officers as defendants, accusing them of knowing about the harassment and assault but doing nothing to stop it. One defendant allegedly told them “never to be alone” with Grynberg.

The women’s stories in full are here.

Ashley Dean

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