Sunday 21 January 2018

Lifestyle guru Quinn sued for alleged sex assault and battery

Ray Managh and Dearbhail McDonald

LIFESTYLE guru Tony Quinn is being sued for alleged sexual assault, battery and fraudulent misrepresentation.

The High Court civil action is the first of its kind to be taken against the controversial self-help entrepreneur

High Court judge Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy yesterday granted leave to Waterford native Maire Lalor to post her civil damages claim by ordinary post to Mr Quinn's converted seaside Martello Tower home in Malahide in north Dublin. Barrister David Conlan Smyth told Judge McCarthy that Mr Quinn, whose primary residence is in the Bahamas, is in Dublin this weekend to address a health seminar in the RDS. Mr Smyth said summons server Brian Comiskey had been unable to serve a plenary summons on Mr Quinn or any of his agents because of high walls and gates surrounding his Malahide home.

Mr Smyth also said that 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 access him personally.

Judge McCarthy granted Ms Lalor, of Glenside, Ballycarnane Woods, Tramore, leave to serve her summons on Mr Quinn through the ordinary post to his Malahide address.

He said she was not required to serve the summons personally on Mr Quinn at the RDS or on anyone clearly employed by him.

Since Mr Quinn has not yet been served with Ms Lalor's claim or notification of any of her allegations he is obviously not aware of them and therefore no appearance or defence has been entered or exists on his behalf.

Allegations

Ms Lalor's allegations at this stage remain unsubstantiated. 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 pretenses; alleged fraudulent misrepresentation, intentional or careless infliction of mental suffering and suborning Ms Lalor by undue influence.

Ms Lalor has also issued the summons against Human Resource Potential Seminars Ltd, which has its registered address at PO Box 437, Seaton House, Seaton Place, St Heliers, Jersey, Channel Islands. Mr Quinn's seminars have attracted negative publicity in recent years and the media-shy multi-millionaire has complained that he was the subject of a "witchhunt" last year following a series of broadcasts about his organisation on RTE's 'Liveline'.

Last year he gave a talk lasting over four hours in the RDS, Ballsbridge, while a small group of protesters stood outside appealing to those attending to end their allegiance to the organisation.

The seminar was "free", but was only open to those who had already paid for two previous seminars abroad, which cost €18,500 and €63,500 to attend.

Irish Independent

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