Ann Cardenas (r.), an NYPD cop who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city, retired Sgt. David John (l.) and Officer Angel Colon, is to get $ 535,000.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 4:01 AM
This settlement is the cat’s meow.
A female NYPD cop — immortalized in a photo wearing a skin-tight Catwoman costume — has settled her sexual harassment lawsuit for $ 535,000 against the city, her former sergeant and another police officer at a Brooklyn precinct.
Ann Cardenas claimed the 83rd Precinct in Bushwick was like a sordid frat house presided over by Sgt. David John, whose alleged behavior makes Donald Trump seem like a gentleman.
Cardenas alleged the sergeant called her his “work p—y,” asked her in front of another supervisor to “sit on his face,” and at a 2012 Christmas party told a female friend of Cardenas in her presence: “You’re ugly but I’ll still f–k you,” according to court papers.
The alleged harassment was not limited to offensive comments — Cardenas also claimed that John grabbed and smacked her buttocks, forcibly kissed her in the office, and simulated ejaculation.
“John told Ms. Cardenas that he had pictures of all the female officers, including her, and that he liked her Halloween costume that she posted on Facebook and that he masturbated to the picture,” the suit alleged, referring to her cleavage-bearing photo in the cat suit.
After the sergeant retired in 2014, Cardenas alleged that Officer Angel Colon picked up where the sergeant left off — allegedly squeezing her buttocks and saying that he would “rape her in a good way,” the suit said.
The case was settled this week — a month after Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly ruled that John and Colon could be personally on the hook for any monetary judgment against them.
The city has agreed to pay Cardenas $ 500,000; John will fork over $ 20,000 out of his own pocket and Colon will kick in $ 15,000.
Sgt. David John says sexual harassment accuser Officer Ann Cardenas (pictured) sent him this photo of herself in a plunging Halloween getup.
“The settlement in principle that exists at this point is in the best interests of the city,” said Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci.
The city refused to provide legal defense for the two cops.
Sergeants Benevolent Association lawyer Anthony DiFiore who represented John, and Colon’s private lawyer Antonia Kousoulas both declined comment.
Cardenas has started over at a new precinct and is happy with the change.
“She is being treated great in her new precinct,” said lawyer Fred Lichtmacher. “She’s gone from total chaos where no one controlled people harassing women, to an environment of complete professionalism.”
John had filed a counter-suit against Cardenas claiming that she voluntarily performed oral sex on him, texted him photos showing her in a bikini and her pierced private parts, and “used her obvious attractiveness to manipulate him as her direct supervisor.”
He voluntarily withdrew the suit last year.