Prostitute wanted payment from RBC broker, not revenge
A Calgary prostitute testified she was just trying to get paid what she was owed when she showed up at RBC Dominion Securities one morning in January 2004.
Cassandra Stolarchuk, 29, spent more than an hour in the witness box Tuesday, obviously irritated, repeating that she didn't want to be in the courtroom.
Former broker Jim Whitehouse, 51, is suing RBC Dominion Securities for wrongful dismissal and is seeking $3.5 million in compensation. RBC is counter suing for $6 million, claiming Whitehouse damaged its reputation.
High-rise shenanigansStolarchuk said Whitehouse brought her to his downtown high-rise office around midnight Jan. 20, 2004, after agreeing to pay her $200 for her services, with $60 up front.
However, the two began arguing after she refused his advances until he paid in full first. Whitehouse stalked off, leaving her alone in the office for about 20 minutes.
Stolarchuk admitted to being a drug addict at the time and smoking crack cocaine in the RBC office that night, and agreed she did return in the morning to try to get her money.
She denied she screamed at staff, saying instead she simply told the receptionist she wanted Whitehouse to contact her and that he would know what it was about. She says she wasn't trying to extort money or get revenge.
Whitehouse was fired the next day without warning.
Defence lawyers questioned RBC officials about the way the firing was handled. A former RBC district manager testified that he did not follow protocol which required him to consult with the human resources manager.
RBC contends its reputation among the business community was damaged by the Whitehouse affair.
According to testimony on Wednesday, news of the shenanigans was circulating in offices all over the western provinces.
The company also said that leaving the woman alone in the office potentially gave her access to some client information, although Stolarchuk said she didn't look at any papers, since it wasn't her business.