Rosario Dawson is “pleased” that a “false” lawsuit filed against her has been dismissed.
Dedrek Finley, a trans man and longstanding family friend who used to work for the Top Five actress doing domestic repairs, filed a lawsuit against her in October 2019, alleging maltreatment and discrimination, including anti-trans slurs and physical assault.
Finley’s voluntary plea to drop all but two of his claims was approved by the court in the autumn of last year, and his counsel withdrew from the case. After he failed to react to repeated court requests for documentation, an independent medical evaluation to investigate his claims of mental and bodily injury, and responses to inquiries, the final remaining complaints were dismissed.
Dawson said in a statement: “My family is pleased that this baseless suit is over. While the vast majority of the false claims had been voluntarily withdrawn last year — including every single false claim of discrimination — the court has now terminated the remainder of the case allowing us all to move forward.
“That these false claims came from someone we’ve known as chosen family for decades and who we were trying so hard to help out, as we have many times in the past, was very heartbreaking. Nevertheless, we have great empathy for him and have only ever wished him well.”
Meanwhile, the Unstoppable actress recently admitted it’s been “really beautiful and good” to have relocated to Newark, New Jersey, to live with her boyfriend, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.
Dawson made the 3,000-mile trip from California to New Jersey in an RV and also traveled with her father, Greg, who accompanied her in moving across the country so that he can be close to her while he battles pancreatic cancer, and they had an “amazing adventure.”
She said: “It was an amazing adventure. My family are all in New York. It felt really beautiful and good to start a new chapter of my life in the driver’s seat.”