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A New Jersey borough settled a lawsuit with police employees who claimed to have been harassed with a sex toy known as “Big Blue” for nearly a decade, a report said Tuesday.
Mountainside officials approved a $2.45 million payout on Sept. 18 to be split among five Mountainside police officers and one part-time employee, the New York Post reported.
The group of police employees alleged that top police and municipal officials allowed the “harassing, inappropriate and illegal conduct” with the sex toy – a dildo, according to documents obtained by the paper. The complaint said the harassment began in 2007 or 2008.
The group claimed internal affairs officer Andrew Huber “would [wave] around Big Blue, throw it within the Detective Bureau, and throw it at people walking past the Detective Bureau.”
Officer Thomas Murphy filmed one of the alleged instances and teased a dispatcher after Huber hit him in the face with “Big Blue,” according to the complaint.
Murphy said, “What’s it smell like?” and “I hope it doesn’t smell like what I think it smells like,” the complaint alleges.
Huber and Chief Allan Attanasio resigned in August 2018 as a result of the lawsuit. Murphy was suspended without pay after the lawsuit was filed, according to the Post, and is no longer listed on the department’s public payroll.
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While the borough attorney did not respond to the Post’s request for comment, the attorney for the police employees, Charles Sciarra, said: “The matter has been amicably resolved.”
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