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A former employee of the Texas Renaissance Festival has settled a federal lawsuit against the organization, accusing its founder of sexual harassment that included recruiting women for him to meet online in exchange for financial compensation.

In the lawsuit filed in November 2020, Toni Ewton of Conroe accused the festival’s founder, George Coulam, of wrongful termination, sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. Coulam has served the mayor of Todd Mission, where the festival is held, since it was incorporated in 1982, according to the city’s website.

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Ewton said during her time serving as Coulam’s personal assistant, she was required to perform “scrolling duties” that included helping “find women for a romantic and/or sexual connection” on dating sites such as sugardaddy.com, whatsyourprice.com and sugarbabies.com, according to the lawsuit. Other duties included transcribing Coulam’s personal notes from dates he went on with women and paying women weekly stipends. Ewton said she was wrongfully terminated after asking Coulam to no longer be involved with his online dating pursuits and that she felt sexually harassed.

The case was settled on Tuesday for an unknown amount, according to court records. Ewton’s lawyer, Gregg Rosenberg of the firm Rosenberg Sprovach, confirmed an agreement was reached.

“Because of the confidential nature of all settlements, it is improper to go into details,” Rosenberg said in an email to the Chronicle. “I can tell you that Ms. Ewton is happy to have put this situation behind her and is looking forward to what the future will bring. Settlements are generally about closure and she is happy to have achieved it.”

Coulam did not respond to requests for comment. He is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit. The lawyer representing the festival, Jason Wagner, did not answer requests for comment.

This is the second settlement for Coulam and the organization. He faced similar sexual harassment allegations from another former personal assistant in a 2018 lawsuit that was later settled in June 2019 for an undisclosed amount.  Rosenberg also represented that client.


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