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In Sag Harbor, New York a former volunteer firefighter says he was dropped from the rolls of the department after complaining about having his crotch grabbed by another member of the department. The New York Post reports Noel Brandt has filed a $1.2 million dollar lawsuit over the incident and his treatment.
Noel Brandt was at a department event in June 2015 when an elderly member walked up, grabbed his crotch and held on, while then-Sag Harbor mayor Brian Gilbride — who is Brandt’s uncle — yelled encouragement, according to court papers.
Brandt later texted his disapproval to the bystanders, offering “a 2 for 1 sale on whoop ass,” he said in his Brooklyn federal court lawsuit against the village.
Instead of treating him as a victim of sexual assault, Fire Chief Thomas Gardella suspended Brandt and wouldn’t let him testify about what happened, Brandt charged.