Christina Kitterman: Rothstein Sexually Harassed Me

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Christina Kitterman
Christina Kitterman

A former attorney in Scott Rothstein's firm testified on her own behalf Monday that she was sexually harassed, stalked and bullied by the lawyer-turned-con-man.

Christina Kitterman is accused of helping Rothstein extend the life of his failing $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme for six months by pretending to be a Florida Bar official in a ruse to keep money flowing from New York hedge fund investors.

Rothstein testified last week that Kitterman was inept on the job and a party girl after hours who needed little arm twisting to do illegal or unethical things for him—even if she didn't know the full extent of his settlement financing fraud.

Kitterman testified when she joined the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm in 2003, she immediately had to ward off Rothstein's sexual advances. She said he threatened to fire her numerous times and called her names like "idiot." Rothstein also had a knack for showing up at the same public place as Kitterman, such as restaurants.

"Mr. Rothstein had a temper. He was one of those people who had two sides," Kitterman said. "He was a very scary person, but he could be a very kind."

Kitterman faces three counts of wire fraud conspiracy. Closing statements before Senior U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley in West Palm Beach were expected Tuesday.

Rothstein's mistreatment of women in his firm has been a key component to Kitterman's defense. The 12-member jury has 11 women on it.

Kitterman said she never thought about filing a sexual harassment complaint against Rothstein with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

"I was a new lawyer," she said. "I was scared. I just couldn't do something like that."

Kitterman testified Rothstein's harassment of her ended when she went to the firm's only other equity partner, Stuart Rosenfeldt, in 2006 and asked to be reassigned so she didn't work directly with the firm's chairman.

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