Woman's calls neighbor 'belligerent bully' in harassment suit

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Sep. 19, 2011, 8:27am


GALVESTON - Pamela J. Chapman alleges Kemah resident John S. Barnett is harassing her, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed Sept. 15 in Galveston County District Court accuses Barnett of committing "tortious acts, including tortious interference with business relationships, assault and defamation" against Chapman last month.

"The defendant is a belligerent bully who has expressed his personal animosity toward the plaintiff for a number of years and was not acting under color of authority for any organization but committed the acts of intentional torts referred to herein purely on his own and not in any actual or even arguable official capacity of any type whatsoever for any organization whatsoever," the suit says.

The plaintiff first recalls an incident on Aug. 3 in which the defendant reportedly accosted the occupants of her condominium in a highly intoxicated state.

"The defendant threatened the occupants; made material misrepresentations regarding the applicable rules and regulations and referred to the plaintiff by using obscenities, deliberately intending to damage the plaintiff's reputation," according to the original petition.

Chapman explains that she tried to get the respondent "to cease and desist his unlawful conduct" two days later to no avail.

"The defendant verbally assaulted the plaintiff, advanced upon the plaintiff in a threatening manner, in the presence of members and staff of Lakewood Yacht Club and referred to the plaintiff repeatedly as 'a bitch'," the suit says.

"The defendant was again, highly intoxicated."

Consequently, Chapman seeks unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

She is represented by Markle Delacruz LLP.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss.

Case No. 11-cv-1460

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