NYC landlord to pay $2M in suit accusing child-rapist super of sexual harassment

May 09, 2012
A New York City landlord who knowingly employed a child rapist as his building super will cough up a whopping $2 million to settle lawsuits claiming the man pressured female tenants to have sex in exchange for reduced rent.
     "I'm very happy," Carol Engle, one of six women who will split the settlement, said after signing the agreement with landlord Stanley Katz.
     For years, Katz stoutly defended his registered-sex-offender super, William Barnason, as a "prized employee."
     Engle said that when she once complained to Katz about her high rent, he told her, "You should have been nicer to Billy,' suggesting that if she had slept with him, he would have cut her a financial break.