S.C. Johnson heir Curt Johnson is back in legal trouble just two weeks after being released from jail for pleading guilty to sexually abusing his stepdaughter when she was between the ages of 12 and 15.
A lawsuit filed by Johnson’s stepdaughter’s childhood friend alleges the billionaire also molested her between March 2007 and July 2009.
According to Forbes, the cleaning company successor was freed in mid-September after spending three months behind bars. He moved back into his mother’s luxury home in the family’s company town of Racine, Wisconsin.
Now, a civil suit filed against Johnson alleges he sexually abused his stepdaughter’s friend while she was on vacation with the Johnson family in Mexico and the Bahamas. She also alleges he sexually assaulted her at the family home in Racine while she shared a bed with his stepdaughter.
According to the lawsuit, the girl has undergone “psychological and mental health treatment and counseling” in the intervening years.
I applaud this brave victim for courageously coming forward and breaking her silence.
Unfortunately, many people live in denial about child sexual abuse and believe that it only affects a certain demographic. As an attorney for victims of sexual abuse, I have represented men, women, and children of all different ethnicities, races, religions, and social classes.
Sexual abuse hurts everyone, but every time a brave victim comes forward, lives are saved and children in the future become safer.