A man who claims he was pressured to have sex with a Manitoba judge has had his third and final lawsuit thrown out of court in his attempt to sue for $67-million.
A Court of Queen's Bench justice has dismissed Alexander Chapman's lawsuit against lawyer Jack King, saying Mr. Chapman has no right to sue after signing a confidential settlement agreement seven years ago.
"I find the defendant has satisfied me that the claims advanced by the plaintiff were settled in 2003 ... and to allow the matter to proceed further would be an abuse of process," Justice John Menzies wrote in a decision released Tuesday.
Mr. Chapman made international headlines this summer when he launched lawsuits against Mr. King, Mr. King's wife Lori Douglas, and the law firm where the couple used to work. Mr. Chapman said in his statements of claim that he had been the victim of harassment, negligence and "misfeasance in public office."
Mr. Chapman claimed Mr. King, who had been his divorce lawyer, showed him sexually explicit photos of Ms. Douglas, who was later appointed a family court judge, and pointed him to a interracial sex website that showed graphic pictures of her.
Earlier this fall Mr. Chapman dropped his lawsuits against Ms. Douglas and the law firm, citing, through his lawyer, a lack of evidence.
Mr. King's lawyer, Bill Gange, has admitted that Mr. King shared photos with Mr. Chapman. But he said Mr. King was suffering from depression at the time and was acting without Ms. Douglas's knowledge. Mr. Gange pointed to the settlement agreement, which saw Mr. Chapman receive $25,000 in exchange for returning all the photos, dropping any legal claims and agreeing never to discuss the matter.
Mr. Chapman has admitted to signing the agreement, but said he came forward earlier this year because he continues to feel traumatized by what he called sexual harassment.
Mr. Gange suggested that Tuesday's ruling was vindication.
"When a person settles a claim that they have, that ought to be the end of the matter," Mr. Gange said. "Canadian law is very clear."
The saga is not over yet. The Law Society of Manitoba has charged Mr. King with professional misconduct and the Canadian Judicial Council is investigating Mr. Chapman's complaint against Ms. Douglas.
Ms. Douglas has stepped down from the bench but continues to perform administrative duties.
Mr. Chapman could not be reached for comment Tuesday. A friend who answered his phone said Mr. Chapman was meeting with his lawyer to discuss his legal options.
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