Los Angeles Unified School District

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Statement By Ramon Cortines Regarding Sexual Harassment Allegations
Los Angeles, CA— The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced a settlement agreement today stemming from sexual harassment allegations against retired superintendent Ramon Cortines (79), by LAUSD employee Scot Graham (56). The following is a statement by Ramon Cortines responding to the settlement: “ I first met Mr. Graham prior to his tenure at the Los Angeles Unified School District. I respected his work and had considered him a colleague and a friend for many years. In 2000, when Mr. Graham expressed interest in potentially working for LAUSD, I indicated to him that the Facilities Division may have openings. Subsequent to Mr. Graham’s hiring and after I returned to the District in 2008, there were Facilities-related projects that required us to work together. I deny any and all allegations that I sexually harassed Mr. Graham. In 2010, during a weekend trip, we did engage in consensual spontaneous adult behavior on one occasion. This brief private encounter occurred during a non-District related trip, outside of Los Angeles County and at my private residence. “ As the District’s former top staff member, I regret allowing myself to engage in such spontaneous, consensual behavior. However, Mr. Graham had never indicated to me that our interaction was unwelcome. Even after I retired from the District in April 2011, Mr. Graham continued to seek me out to interact with him socially. This included going out to brunch and being invited to have dinner at his home along with his partner as recent as early 2012.” ####

5/23/2012 1:26 PM