Rosario Dawson and her family are being sued by a transgender former employee for several charges, including assault, battery, trespass and discrimination, as well as civil rights and labor violations.
According to TMZ, the employee, Dedrek Finey (who previously went by Deidre before coming out as transgender) knew the Dawson family for decades and moved to Los Angles from New York City as requested by Rosario's mother, Isabel, in 2017. After making the move, he came out as transgender, but according to the lawsuit, the family wasn't happy about it.
He claims that the Dawson family would only address him by his former pronoun, and when he complained to Rosario "repeatedly," she refused to do anything about it. He also claims she engaged in "transphobic abuse" because she allegedly said, "You're a grown woman." When he corrected her, he claims she replied, "Whatever."
Dedrek claims he was residing on Rosario's North Hollywood property in a separate home, where he didn't have to pay rent but was responsible for helping renovate the actress' home. But in April 2018, his hours were cut and he was soon informed he had to move out. Dedrek claims he was confronted by Isabel and when he refused to discuss the issue with her, she got violent, threatening to kill his cat, and then ripped the screen off a window and pulled him out through it. Then, he claims, she started punching him and screamed, "You're not so much of a man now."
Reportedly, Rosario then yelled, "Mom, stop being petty." While he thought the actress was coming to his defense, he claims she then helped her mom pin him down so she could continue beating him. He also claims that either Rosario or Isabel took his phone away from him during the beating, because they knew he had a compromising video of Isabel threatening him earlier in the year.
According to the lawsuit, he was eventually able to escape the women and get into Rosario's home, where he dialed 911. Police came to the scene and took Dedrek to a hospital for treatment. The very next day, he got a restraining order against Isabel. In September 2018, he was forced to vacate the house, as the family shut off the gas and made his living conditions deplorable.
He's now suing Rosario, her mother, stepfather and uncle for assault, battery, trespass and discrimination, as well as civil rights and labor violations.