Charges dropped against former Gravity Payments CEO

Seattle prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a misdemeanor cost that former superstar chief government Dan Value grabbed a lady’s throat after making an attempt kiss her, citing issues in proving their case, courtroom information present.

Value, 38, gained nationwide consideration for elevating workers’ salaries and slashing his personal whereas he ran Gravity Funds, a bank card processing firm. He resigned from the corporate final summer time after being charged with fourth-degree assault and reckless driving in February 2022.

In an announcement emailed by his lawyer, Value stated he had by no means bodily or sexually abused anybody.

“Now that these false allegations are behind me, I plan to take a while to replicate on how I can greatest have interaction on the financial justice points that matter most to me,” Value stated in an announcement emailed by his lawyer.

Charging paperwork stated a lady known as Seattle police on Jan. 24 to report she had met Value at a restaurant 4 days earlier. She stated the 2 had communicated on Instagram about work and that she had reached out to him about assembly to debate “skilled issues,” in response to charging papers.

Seattle prosecutors stated Value cornered the lady in his Tesla after a dinner assembly, tried to kiss her and grabbed her throat when she refused. Value then drove her to a parking zone, tried to kiss her once more and drove “doughnuts” along with her within the automotive, prosecutors stated.

However on Wednesday, they dropped the costs in response to a movement filed by Value’s legal professional, Mark Middaugh. The movement famous that in an interview with the protection crew, the lady stated that whereas Value put his hand on her neck, he by no means grabbed her throat or constricted her windpipe or precipitated any ache.

The lady additionally stated she had typically interacted with males who despatched flirtatious messages on Instagram as a result of they “find yourself commissioning an enormous portray” of her art work, and that she hoped to capitalize on Value’s connections, Middaugh stated within the authorized submitting.

“It’s stunning that the police referred this case to the prosecutor for legal expenses with out conducting any follow-up investigation, interviewing any witnesses apart from the complainant, and even asking Mr. Value what occurred,” Middaugh stated in an e mail Tuesday.

Value shot into the nationwide highlight in 2015 when he stated he would increase worker salaries to $70,000. At the moment, his 120 workers have been paid a median wage of $48,000 a yr.

Value additionally lower his personal wage from practically $1 million to $70,000, cementing a reputation for himself within the enterprise world as a progressive CEO combating for greater wages and higher circumstances for the common employee.

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