Zulu suspends outgoing president amid sexual harassment allegations

Zulu suspends outgoing president amid sexual harassment allegations
Former Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club president Naaman Stewart, pictured here in 2016. (Photo by Peter G. Forest, Nola.com | The Times-Picayune)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Zulu president confirmed that their outgoing president and current king was suspended amid allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Namman Stewart's suspension happened during a meeting Wednesday night, according to Elroy James, Zulu's current president.

James said the suspension is because of the allegations made against Stewart.

A recently-filed lawsuit contains accusations of sexual harassment against Stewart, according to a court document.

In the lawsuit a former club employee identified as Gemell Hulbert, accused Stewart of following her into a bathroom and saying that she could not leave unless she showed her breasts and had sex with him.

The lawsuit states that Hulbert recorded audio during the alleged encounter in June 2015. After reporting the alleged encounter to other members of the krewe's staff, she was fired.

Stewart's attorney wants a judge to throw out the suit, stating that the victim's allegations are moot  because the alleged incident happened more than a year ago.

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