A woman is suing famed Las Vegas rehab expert Dave Marlon for allegedly raping, beating and choking her while she worked as his personal assistant earlier this year.
The unidentified woman says Marlon, 57, would tell her to ‘assume the position’ – with her legs shoulder-width apart and her hands on a table or wall – at least once a day.
He would then use his hands, a riding crop or a paddle with raised lettering that said ‘slut’ or ‘whore’ to strike her behind. He once did that during a muted Zoom call, the woman says in her lawsuit.
She left after enduring three violent sexual assaults, according to the lawsuit.
Marlon, who is in the cast of A&E’s Intervention, has since resigned from his job as CEO of CrossRoads of Southern Nevada. He categorically denies the allegations, saying they’re part of an extortion plot and that the woman is a drug addict herself.
A woman says Marlon raped her, abused her, beat her and threatened her while she worked for him for two months this year, according to a lawsuit filed November 15
The unidentified woman says she has nightmares from her time as his personal assistant, which began in April 2019 after she had been laid off during the pandemic, she says
The unidentified woman filed a 40-page civil lawsuit in Clark County Court on November 15. She is referred to as Gahyne Doahe.
The document says she endured ‘numerous acts of sexual violence, physical violence, mental torture, harassment, humiliation, retaliation, threats, and fear.’
A criminal investigation by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department is still underway.
She met Marlon through his family member, asked him for a job and began working as his personal assistant on April 19, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
She had recently gotten divorced and laid off during the pandemic, according to the lawsuit.
After her first day of work, she returned home to a graphic text message telling her she ‘came dangerously close to being brutally raped with your face pushed into the desk on your first day of work.’
CrossRoads Nevada announced that Marlon had stepped down as CEO on Tuesday
Marlon, 57, is a former addict who has won awards for his work ushering people out of addiction. The lawsuit claims he still uses drugs; but he claims the accuser smokes meth
She remembers thinking: ‘Well, I could lose my apartment and my three dogs and not have a place to stay or live or eat or I could put up with offensive text messages,’ she told KLAS.
She signed a contract as part of the job that says she ‘craves discipline and punishment’ and ‘welcomes integration of work and mental games,’ according to the Review Journal. It is unclear when the contract was signed.
The document allegedly states that she can stop the personal relationship and revert to a working one if she wants, but she says her request to stop was not heard.
‘We both understand that disclosure will cause other significant pain and trouble and neither wants that to ever happen, ever,’ the alleged agreement states.
The woman kept the job out of fear and necessity, she says, but saw that things would get worse if she resisted.
‘When I began saying no and, and you know moving or flinching or crying out, he that would just anger him more and I would just get more punishment and which eventually led to, to raping,’ she told KLAS.
She once tried to pull away during a sexual assault.
‘In response, Marlon grabbed Plaintiff and choked her, telling her that if she ever tried to resist him again, he would choke her to unconsciousness and then kick her after she fell to the floor,’ the lawsuit states.
The woman signed a contract saying she ‘craves discipline and punishment’ and ‘welcomes integration of work and mental games,’ the complaint says, but she wasn’t allowed to leave
She says she filed complaint with the police and a federal discrimination agency after she couldn’t take the abuse any longer.
‘I decided I would – I would rather – I would rather be homeless than endure any more I could. How could it possibly get worse than that? But it would,’ she told KLAS, saying that Marlon threatened her and other people knew about it.
The lawsuit names CrossRoads acting human resources director John Seeland, accusing him of ignoring her harassment complaints against Marlon.
Marlon would allegedly reimburse her for clothes, sex toys and shoes that he asked her to buy.
‘I want to make sure that no other girl goes through the brutal torture that I endured on a daily basis for close to two months,’ she told KLAS, adding that the experience has given her nightmares.
Moreover, it alleges that Marlon continues to use drugs despite his squeaky clean image as someone who ushers people out of addiction.
‘That was preposterous,’ Marlon told the Review Journal, stressing that he’s been sober for 17 years.
‘I wholeheartedly unequivocally deny that, as well as most of the other things that she’s alleging.’
Marlon is part of the cast of A&E’s Intervention, which says he is ‘uniquely suited to help others confronting addiction’ after overcoming his own battle with substance abuse
His name is still listed in the cast list for A&E’s intervention, which reads, ‘After successfully addressing his own struggles with substance abuse, Dave Marlon realized that he was uniquely suited to help others confronting addiction.’
Marlon filed a countersuit against his accuser the day before she filed hers, after he says mediation talks failed.
‘Her lawsuit is a fabrication, texts and all, and the sole purpose is for extortion,’ Marlon said.
‘I’m grateful that we have courts and we have juries that help separate truth from fiction and that we’re going to go through that process.’
Marlon’s attorney added: ‘It is a work of fiction, replete with provably false allegations set in a salacious narrative solely intended by her to harm David Marlon’s reputation as a leader in the treatment of addiction by someone clinging to her own.
The lawsuit says Marlon reimbursed her for sex toys, shoes and clothes he wanted her to wear
Marlon and his attorney categorically deny her claims of rape and abuse. A criminal investigation by the Las Vegas Police Department is still underway
‘We will debunk it in court with proof of its falsehoods and also who put her up to it.’
Marlon accused the woman of being a meth addict, though she says she hasn’t smoked meth or used any illegal drugs in five years.
‘People who aren’t ready to commit to getting clean defend their addiction by striking back at the people who are trying to help them,’ Marlon told the Review Journal. ‘Unfortunately, that is an underlying driver of what’s going on here.’
Marlon ran for Las Vegas City Council in 2019, during which it came out that he had previously choked his ex-wife during an argument in 2012, according to the Nevada Current.
A police report said: ‘Due to the fact that (Erin) Smith has several marks and injuries on her person that are consistent with the story she gave us, the fact that Smith stated when David grabbed her by the throat she could not breathe and she thought she was going to pass out, the fact that Smith tried several times to get away from David but David continued to use force to hold her against her will, the fact that Smith believed as long as David was preventing her from leaving he was going to continue to inflict harm on her, David was arrested for Battery Domestic Violence Strangulation and Kidnap 1st Degree.’
In 2019, Marlon accused his ex-wife, Erin Smith Marlon, of being in ‘recovery’ at the time, saying that she got mad and called the police claiming he abused her only after he flushed her drugs down the toilet.
‘I have never been in treatment or recovery,’ Erin told the Current.
‘I’ve never had any drug and alcohol related problems or charges. No DUIs, arrests, anything.’
Erin was eventually granted a restraining order against him for domestic violence, KLAS reports.
The woman in this month’s lawsuit says she filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as a police report, which the police department has kept under wraps because it is an active investigation.
The rehab clinic said he will be replaced by founder Jeffrey Iverson
‘This man has this reputation of being warm and caring and only wanting to solve the crisis and reaching out to people but on the other hand, her experience has been that she was brutalized,’ said Jenny Foley, the woman’s attorney.
On June 15, Marlon beat her with a riding crop while his microphone and video were turned off during a Zoom call for the Southern Nevada Association of Addiction Professionals, the lawsuit states.
Marlon has been CEO of CrossRoads since 2020. On Tuesday, the company announced his resignation and replacement.
‘Effective immediately, Dave Marlon is stepping down as CEO of CrossRoads of Southern Nevada, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center.
‘Jeffrey Iverson, one of the Founders, will be acting as the Interim CEO. We have a zero tolerance harassment policy and will continue to provide a safe environment for our employees.
‘We want to ensure the public, county and all of our valued partners that they can expect the same levels of service and care for the important population we are serving in our community.’
Marlon has helped the rehab clinic land multiple deals with Clark County, according to the Review Journal.
This year, the county announced it would pay the center up to $3.7 million for shelter services and case management. Lat year, the county paid CrossRoads up to $1,875 a day – per patient – to house COVID-19 patients.
Last month, the county awarded the clinic with up to $2.1 million for a crisis stabilization and supportive housing program.
The Nevada Donor Network has said Marlon would no longer be part of the organization’s leadership team.
‘Effective November 23, 2021, David Marlon has resigned from the board of trustees of Nevada Donor Network Foundation and the governing board of Nevada Donor Network.’