Attorney seeks $250K judgment against Pugh in New York

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

This story has been changed to eliminate references to Charles Pugh’s employment. The restaurants where he worked last year say he “is no longer employed.”

An attorney representing a former Detroit Public Schools student who won a $250,000 award against ex-Detroit City Council president Charles Pugh is seeking to have the judgment registered in New York where Pugh lives and likely has assets.

Bill Seikaly, who represent the DPS graduate known as K.S., filed a motion Friday that says Pugh lives in Manhattan and likely has wages “subject to garnishment and property subject to execution there” to satisfy the judgment.

In November, Pugh was convicted in federal court of battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress in a civil case brought by the student. A jury ordered him to pay the victim $250,000 in the case.

A week earlier, Detroit Public Schools agreed to pay the victim $350,000 to settle its portion of the lawsuit, making the total award $600,000.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson ordered Pugh to pay the student in December after Pugh had argued that he does not have to pay because DPS agreed to settle with the former high school student for $350,000.

On Wednesday, Pugh appealed the judge’s order that he must pay the money.

The victim claimed Pugh offered him money in exchange for a sex video while he was a high school student in Pugh’s mentorship program at DPS. The victim also claims Pugh offered cash for oral sex.

The young man, now 20, met Pugh in the Charles Pugh Leadership Academy program in 2012.

Seikaly said according to an earlier deposition, Pugh has no plans to return to Detroit and did not own his last residence in Detroit. He is asking for the judgment to be registered in the Southern District of New York where Pugh lives and works.

Marc A. Deldin, Pugh’s attorney, did not return calls for comment.