- A former personal assistant to DJ Paul Oakenfold says the artist subjected her to sexual harassment.
- The assistant made the allegations in a new lawsuit against the DJ and his management company.
- Neither Oakenfold nor his management company have responded to the allegations.
Veteran trance DJ Paul Oakenfold is facing allegations that he repeatedly exposed himself and masturbated near his young personal assistant, according to a new lawsuit.
A woman identified as Jane Roe has sued Oakenfold and the companies that managed him, Paul Stepanek Management and New Frequency Management, accusing them of turning a blind eye to Oakenfold masturbating in full view of her and then terminating her when she complained about the alleged abuse, according to court papers obtained by Insider.
Roe is seeking damages of more than $25,000. Deadline was the first to report the news.
The plaintiff says the sexual harassment began on her first day working for the Grammy-nominated Oakenfold, 59, who has remixed songs for U2, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, and the Rolling Stones.
Roe said she was 23 when Paul Stepanek’s management company hired her last October to be Oakenfold’s personal assistant for $20 an hour.
“On four separate occasions, each on different dates, where Oakenfold had plaintiff alone at his house, Oakenfold touched his genitals and then masturbated in front of plaintiff when Oakenfold was aware plaintiff could not escape,” Roe’s complaint states. “In each instance of masturbation, as described herein, Oakenfold stimulated his genitals with his hand, in close proximity to the plaintiff, for plaintiff to see.”
Roe alleged that Oakenfold escalated the behavior, masturbating in her presence for longer periods.
In one instance in November 2022, Oakenfold masturbated in front of the woman four times during the workday, the complaint alleges. And in another instance, Oakenfold “surprised” Roe by “opening his legs wide” and masturbating in the passenger seat of her car as she drove him home from the post office.
“Plaintiff froze in fear and shock while being in such close proximity to Oakenfold,” the court papers state.
Roe said in her complaint that she reported Oakenfold’s alleged behavior to Stepanek, and he responded by pressuring her to sign a non-disclosure agreement. When she hesitated, Roe alleged Stepanek wouldn’t let her return to work until she signed it, which she eventually did “under duress,” the complaint states.
When Roe did return to work, she said the management company reassigned her to other clients and cut her hours before eventually laying her off in March 2023. However, Roe alleged in the complaint she was let go because she spoke up about the alleged sexual harassment.
“Our client has shown tremendous courage in coming forward about Mr. Oakenfold’s sexual harassment,” Roe’s lawyer Jonathan M. Genish told Insider. “Our legal team is fully committed to holding him and the other defendants accountable for their egregious actions. We hope that this case will continue to shed light on the prevalence of such misconduct and encourage others who have experienced similar acts to reach out and seek justice.”
Oakenfold has not publicly commented on the lawsuit. Insider has contacted Oakenfold, Stepanek, Paul Stepanek Management, and New Frequency Management for comment.
Oakenfold is the latest veteran DJ to be accused of sexual impropriety. In 2020, a woman accused DJ Erick Morillo of raping her after a party where they were both DJing. Morillo, best known for co-writing the hit song “I Like to Move It,” was found dead in his home a few months later from an accidental overdose, according to the Miami New Times.
The lawsuit doesn’t seem to have affected Oakenfold’s touring schedule. He’s set to perform on June 10 at the Gathering Festival in Cleethorpes, England.