An anonymous contributor to the Star News website alleges Paul Knight embezzled money and was sued twice for sexual harassment. Now Knight is suing the John Doe and pointing the finger at incumbent Bill Saffo.
Why is this surfacing now? “Because strategically it makes sense to drop a bomb before an election when you feel threatened, and I believe that’s what’s going on,” Knight said.
Thursday, mayoral candidate Paul Knight filed a lawsuit against someone with the online name Sandy Brown Realtor for comments posted in a Star News online forum.
The post said, “a very relevant question would be about Mr. Knight’s embezzlement of 401-k funds from his employees.”
Knight says there was a problem a few years ago with 401-k funds at Sea-Comm Media, where he is general manager, but it was not embezzlement and everything was settled with the Department of Labor.
“The bottom line is that everybody got their money, they made more on their money than they would have if they had it invested,” Knight said.
A representative with the Employee Benefits Security Administration confirmed Knight’s account.
The online post went on to say, “you will also find at least two separate instances of Knight being sued for sexual harassment.”
We couldn’t find any record of the lawsuits.
Finally, the anonymous author posted, “I guess it’s obvious, I don’t really like the guy, but I am not making up anything.”
Knight says he’s determined to learn the author’s true identity and find out if there’s any connection to Mayor Bill Saffo’s re-election effort.
“I believe that once I find the true identity to this person, and can track the dots that the line may lead back to my opponent’s campaign,” Knight said.
Mayor Saffo has not returned our calls for comment.
Since Knight filed the lawsuit, the Star News has removed the comments from its website.
Despite a subpoena from Knight the Star News would not reveal any information pertaining to the anonymous poster.
Executive Editor Robyn Tomlin said the information is protected by the first amendment. The paper would only turn over information if someone threatens physical harm or a court orders it.