Quinn to address health seminar
Published 10/01/2010 | 05:00
A health seminar today in the RDS in Dublin is to be addressed by lifestyle guru Tony Quinn, who is being sued for an alleged sexual assault by a Waterford woman.
Secretive multi-millionaire Mr Quinn is expected to address the seminar, which was only open to those who have paid for previous seminars abroad, which can cost as much as €18,500.
The media-shy guru, who lives mostly in the Bahamas, complained last year that he was the subject of a "witchhunt" following a series of broadcasts about his organisation on RTE's Liveline.
On Friday, in a High Court civil action, it emerged that Mr Quinn is being sued for alleged sexual assault, battery as well as for fraudulent misrepresentation.High Court judge Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy granted leave to Maire Lalor, of Glenside, Ballycarnane Woods, Tramore, Co Waterford, to serve her summons on Mr Quinn by ordinary post to his converted seaside Martello Tower home in Malahide.
Barrister David Conlan Smyth told Judge McCarthy that a summons server had been unable to serve a summons on Mr Quinn because of high walls and gates surrounding his Malahide home.
He said although Mr Quinn would be in Dublin for a few days, he was frequently surrounded by large numbers of security guards and it was impossible to get access to him personally.
Ms Lalor's allegations at this stage remain unsubstantiated and, because Mr Quinn has not yet been served with her claim, no appearance or defence has been entered on his behalf.
Judge McCarthy was handed a copy of Ms Lalor's summons in which she claims damages for sexual assault and for allegedly procuring sexual relations with her against her will.
The detailed claim also alleges assault and battery, allegedly obtaining money by false pretences and alleged fraudulent misrepresentation.
It also alleges intentional or careless infliction of mental suffering, as well as "suborning" Ms Lalor by undue influence.
She has also issued the summons against Human Resources Potential Seminars Ltd, with an address in the Channel Islands off the coast of England and France.