Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Gorilla's Nipple Fetish Causes Law Suit

Remember Koko? That famous gorilla from the 80's that could speak sign language and had a pet kitten? Bet you didn't know that there was more to the story:

WOODSIDE, Calif. - Two fired caretakers for Koko ... have sued their former bosses, claiming they were pressured to expose their breasts as a way of bonding with the 300-pound simian.

The lawsuit against the Gorilla Foundation and its president, Francine "Penny" Patterson, the longtime trainer of the well-known gorilla, was filed this week in San Mateo County Superior Court. It seeks damages totaling more than $1 million.

The suit claims Patterson pressured the two women on several occasions to expose their breasts to Koko, a 33-year-old female — sometimes in situations where other employees could potentially view their bodies. The women never undressed, said their attorney, Stephen Sommers of San Francisco.

They were threatened that if they "did not indulge Koko's nipple fetish, their employment with the Gorilla Foundation would suffer," the lawsuit alleged.

The lawsuit claims that on one occasion Patterson said, "'Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples.'"

In addition to the alleged harassment, the two former workers claimed the Woodside facility had unsanitary and unsafe conditions, including rodents in the food preparation area and gorilla urine stored in the refrigerator where workers kept their lunches.

What I want to know is how the Patterson lady discovered Koko's nipple fetish in the first place. Or maybe I don't want to know.

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