A Minnesota dentist named Dr. Walter Palmer ignited a firestorm of controversy when it was discovered that he was responsible for killing a world-famous lion named Cecil during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe. Now, news has surfaced that Palmer was embroiled in another detestable incident prior to killing Cecil the Lion: in 2009, Walter was forced to pay a settlement in order to make a sexual harassment claim levied by a former employee go away.
A claim that was filed by the employee, who was also one of Palmer’s patients, to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry was recently released to the public. â€śAmong her charges, patient/employee 1 alleged that she was subjected to ongoing and unwelcome sexual harassment by [Palmer] including, but not limited to, verbal comments and physical conduct involving her breasts, buttocks, and genitalia,â€ť part of the claim reads.
â€śAdditionally, patient/employee 1 alleged that she informed [Palmer] and her supervisor that she wanted [Palmer's] behavior to stop, but [Palmer] failed to cease his harassing conduct,â€ť the document continues. â€śPatient/employee 1 alleged that she believes that [Palmer] terminated her employment in retaliation for reporting the conduct.â€ť
The employee in question worked as a receptionist for Palmer for a total of six years, from 1999 to 2005, before filing charges in April 2005. Palmer faced a relative slap on the wrist as a result of the claim, with his insurer dishing out $127,500 to the victim and having to take a jurisprudence exam and complete an ethics course. The complaint was considered fully satisfied by 2010. To this day, Palmer insists that he did nothing wrong to the employee in question.
As for killing Cecil the Lion (who you can see in the above video), Palmer has apologized, but points the blame at the guides who apparently organized the hunt.
â€śI hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits,â€ť Palmerâ€™s statement read. â€śTo my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled.”
The statement went on to say:
â€śI had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.
Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”
Cecil’s death was reportedly a very cruel killing. According to Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Palmer (along with two Zimbabwean guides/hunters) lured Cecil out of Hwange National Park with a dead animal. Then Palmer shot him with a bow and arrow, but that didn’t kill him. They tracked him down 40 hours later, and shot him dead with a gun. Rodrigues says Cecil was also skinned and beheaded. Unfortunately now that Cecil is gone, the next male lion in hierarchy will probably kill all Cecil’s cubs.
Palmer is being destroyed on social media, including on his dental practice’s Yelp page, his Facebook page, and of course on Twitter.
Click through the gallery below to see the alleged sexual-harasser and lion-killer, including some pictures of his previous kills of other animals.
Cecil the Lion
Walter Palmer Allegedly Paid $50K for the Hunt
Walter Palmer and Leopard
Walter Palmer Killed Big Horn Sheep
Walter Palmer and Dead Elk
Walter Palmer's Dental Practice
Palmer Wanted by Zimbabwe Authorities
Dentist Walter Palmer
Outside Palmer's Dental Office
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