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Kelly Holland of Penthouse accused of sexual harassment and abuse

Tonight XBIZ is honoring Kelly Holland of Penthouse who is hosting their annual “adult talent appreciation gala”.

The irony of that is, just today it was revealed to us that Penthouse hasn’t been showing their employees much appreciation and one is even suing her for what could turn out to be a multi-million dollar lawsuit – but money is only a tiny fraction of it. Wait until you see what she is accused of.

The lawsuit which was filed on November 6, 2017, includes a complaint for breach of employment contract, breach of consulting agreement, wrongful termination, failure to pay wages, and defamation among others.

According to the court documents, Donald Slaughter was hired to facilitate the acquisition of Penthouse from its previous owner (Friend Finder) in May of 2015. He went on to say that Holland herself had tried to negotiate the purchase of Penthouse herself in the past but was unable to find a lender or investor willing to back the deal.

Slaughter was brought in to make the deal happen. Initially, he was promised 5% of the total price of the transaction upon the successful close of escrow. That deal went south pretty quickly and had to be reworked. This time he would be paid a commission equal to 1.5% of the total acquisition price. This time, however, he not only had to get FFN to agree to sale the company but also find some investors.

The deal closed in February of 2016 for $9.5 million. From that deal, the lawsuit claims Kelly Holland and Penthouse still owes him about $36,000.

After Kelly Holland took over Penthouse she hired the plaintiff, giving him a 5-year contract with a base annual salary of $65,000.

They also hired his company as a consultant for broadcast, licensing and publishing deals, of which Penthouse was to pay his company $,7,500 a month. Acting in this behalf, in March of 2017, in recognition of accomplishing his job in a satisfactory manner, the contract was re-negotiated and a bonus of $20,000 was to be paid to the plaintiff and his payment was to be increased by $20,000 a year (that’s on top of the $7,500 per month his company was already being paid).

The next part of the lawsuit is most damning — it states that Kelly Holland was verbally abusive on a daily basis.

Again keep in mind these are all part of legal documents filed in court.

She would give male employees sexual enhancement pills stating that they needed them because they were all sexually dysfunctional.

I spoke to one attorney who although not involved in this particular case said that something like this falls under the sexual harassment laws and if there is even the smallest amount of proof she did this, could cost Penthouse millions of dollars in damages.

Kelly Holland was also accused of placing dog shit or as the court documents call it “canine excrement” on the desk of one employee, as a comment on the quality of his work.

She is also accused of terminating key members of the team based on her own personal conflicts with them and that Penthouse as a whole had “substantial difficulty retaining employees”.

All of that still not enough for you? Well, it’s not over yet!

The court documents also accuse Kelly Holland of paying herself additional “undisclosed compensation” throwing the company even further into debt and she also borrowed money from the company’s publishing distributor.

And all of that was going on while refusing to pay key vendors including legal counsal.

*** I’ve heard about Penthouse having issues paying affiliates for a while now.

And last but not least, there is the part where Kelly Holland is accused of defamation. When the plaintiff complained about his mistreatment and lack of payment Kelly Holland is accused of telling people she fired him because he stole money while he was employed there. The last few pages of the court document detail out all the things Kelly Holland said about the plaintiff that he claims aren’t true.

I don’t know how well that part of the lawsuit will work out for him, but like the lawyer I spoke with said earlier, if he has any sort of evidence of her abusive behavior as a boss, especially the male enhancement stuff could be a goldmine for him and any other former male employees at Penthouse.

While most people are quick to point out the abusive behaviors of males in the industry, I’ll think it’s pretty shocking to find out that some females can be just as abusive.

This case against Penthouse and Kelly Holland has only just been filed and it could take years to work its way through the system but it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

UPDATE: Since we’ve posted this story we’ve already had 3 people come forward with their own stories – although unrelated to this one, they have experienced similar situations, one with very explicit details of the sexual harassment he went through while working at Penthouse.

7 Replies to “Kelly Holland of Penthouse accused of sexual harassment and abuse”

  1. Justice

    I’ve heard from a few peeps that she was a bitch. I figured they were just saying that because she was a woman in charge but man if this cock grabbing shit is true as well as the other things then she clearly crossed dat line.

  2. mharris127

    Assuming this is true WTF is Kelly thinking? Grabbing cocks and gifting erection pills to male employees while telling them they are sexually dysfunctional at work is something only someone extremely drunk or high does. This is completely out of line and makes me believe (if the article is accurate) that Kelly has one hell of a drinking and/or drug addiction. I know no one ever behaved in that manner toward me at work or anywhere else. Kelly seems like such a civilized person in public, too. I wouldn’t have pegged her to be the type to behave in such a manner.

    As for the “dog shit” incident, if it happened that employee should have mixed it into muffins or brownies, gave them to her (without telling her what he did) and watched her gag after eating dog shit.

  3. mharris127

    Addition to my comment: I have never worked for Kelly in any capacity. Normally that could be left unsaid but with four people making similar claims and me saying that I have never been treated in such a manner at work maybe it should be made crystal clear.

  4. Kelli

    What’s crazy is how many people have come forward since this story originally went up. I honestly am floored. I would have never thought we would be sitting here talking about a female being the Weinstein of porn.

  5. Notto

    I’m one of the four (so far). Mharris127: Kelly Holland-Weinstein (KHW) never seemed stoned or drunk to me but don’t know for sure. Not an excuse anyway. Hostile work environment and sexual abuse, especially toward men. More is about to drop. Meanwhile there’s a pool on which male employee still standing will be fired next. They better be watching their six and documenting everything like the rest of us did. Hopefully, the shareholders will send KHW packing quickly, settle the lawsuits, and save Penthouse.

  6. mharris127

    Notto, thank you for commenting. I am sorry you had to work in that environment. If Kelly is capable of this shit sober she must be one shitty person. I agree that coming in to work drunk/high isn’t an excuse, it might be a cause but in a professional environment a person doesn’t need to be coming in to work that drunk/high anyway. I can attest to that fact that some people can be almost drunk off of his/her ass and look normal, if she was drinking vodka or taking pills/cocaine there isn’t a telltale scent to discern consumption. I did it for years, drinking copious amounts of alcohol on an almost daily basis (although I still had enough control to keep myself from “Kelly Holland” activity at work). While in my generation a bit of what today would be called “sexual harassment” was almost a duty (at least for men) I have never told people they were sexually dysfunctional, left Viagra/Levitra/Cialis on their desks or left dog shit on their desks at work. The latter would have caused an immediate firing at any non-university job I ever had (one of which I had full power to fire for cause although I never had to use it), the first two might get one warning and if it happened again an immediate firing. At universities fully tenured professors might be harder to fire but I haven’t heard of this activity at any university — period, even in the 60’s and 70’s when “sexual harassment” was an accepted part of the workforce.

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