Former co-worker: Pugh offered young men money for sex

Salacious testimony was heard in the civil case against Charles Pugh, the former Detroit city council president.

A former co-worker testified Pugh has offered young men money for sex before in exchange for money and gifts in federal court.

She says he regularly approached interns at the radio station she worked and openly talked about young, poor men, willing to do anything for money.

Pugh, during a video deposition he painted himself as a generous servant of the people, who freely gave money and gifts to anyone in need without expecting anything in return.

However, his text messages with an 18-year-old Frederick Douglass Academy student whom he mentored, paint a different picture.

The plaintiff's attorney read several texts after Pugh refused to read them himself invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.

"You straight guys need to know how to work it with the guys who have crushes on you," he types. "You’re going to enjoy the f*** out of earning this gaming system in games (I hope you say yes and let me do it) LOL."

Pugh is accused of using money and power to pressure the young man into sex.

The plaintiff also accuses Pugh of touching him near his genitals while Pugh took him shopping for new work clothes.

Pugh denies the claim and said in a video statement, "He actually laughed and said he liked his pants sagging. I said no you can't have it like that for the interview. I made zero physical contact with him."

Pugh also admits he lied to cover up the sexting scandal and proceeded to avoid most direct questioning by attorneys.

The Plaintiff’s attorney asked Pugh, if he was "trying to turn my client into a prostitute."

Pugh laughs and doesn't answer.

The attorney responds, "Is this funny?"

"This is funny," Pugh says, and again refuses to answer the question.

A psychiatric specialist also took the stand saying in the plaintiff has depression and signs of PTSD because of what Pugh did to him.

Pugh also addressed why he fled the city of Detroit and his post as city council president, during bankruptcy, saying the text messages were embarrassing, and he couldn't handle the stress.

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