MADERA, Calif. (AP) — The lawyer for an agricultural employer in central California is denying allegations that his client raped a farmworker.
Charles Magill, the attorney for Parmjit Singh Bassi, said on Friday that his client paid for sex with the farmworker and did not rape her. Bassi's business is Lucky Farms in Chowchilla.
Lawyers for the alleged victim said in a lawsuit filed on Thursday that she was raped on her first day on the job and threatened with another assault if she told anyone. The woman said she was fired after she reported the rape to police.
Madera County prosecutors have charged Bassi with two counts of rape. He has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to go on trial next month.
The lawsuit seeks lost wages and other unspecified monetary damages.