Homestead officials going after former Deputy City Manager Johanna Faddis, who recently lost a lawsuit against the city, for the money the city spent defending itself.
But Faddis has appealed the judge’s decision to throw out her complaint.
The former city administrator had sued Homestead after the city publicly released text messages sent between her and her then-boss, former City Manager Mike Shehadeh. The texts seemed romantic, with Shehadeh telling Faddis he couldn’t stop thinking about her. Both have denied ever having a romantic relationship.
A judge threw out Faddis’ case after he determined Faddis lied under oath. Faddis had testified in her case that she had been sexually harassed by Shehadeh. Therefore, her attorney argued, the text messages shouldn’t have been released because of an exemption in Florida’s public records law regarding people who are sexually harassed.
However, Faddis also testified in a previous case, which Shehadeh had brought against the city after he was fired, that her boss never sexually harassed her.
In testimony for her own case, Faddis refused to answer whether she had lied in either instance, saying only that she didn’t want to be used by Homestead’s city attorneys as a pawn to win their case against the former city manager.
“Plain and simple, Faddis lied under oath multiple times. It is also clear that her testimony changed in order to suit her strategic needs in this litigation,” Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jorge E. Cueto wrote in his dismissal of the case last month.
Now, Homestead wants to recoup the money it spent defending itself in the Faddis case. The city’s law firm spent more than $7,800 deposing people in the case and paying for court reporters, according to court documents. The amount spent on attorneys’ fee was not included in the court records, and wasn’t immediately available from the city.
Meanwhile, Faddis is hoping to reverse the judge’s order dismissing her case, according to an appeal filed Dec. 10. According to court records, Faddis has hired a new attorney: Arnold Ginsberg.
Ginsberg did not immediately return an email and a phone call for comment.
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