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4.  On May 3, 1989, at an Akin Gump social event (“The All-Attorney’s Dinner) held at the Westin Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, a fellow paralegal, Jesse Raben, reported to me that coworkers had spread a (false) rumor that I was homosexual.  Brief of Appellee District of Columbia at 8, Freedman v. D.C. Dept. Human Rights, D.C.C.A. no. 96-CV-961, citing agency record at 341 (“According to Freedman, at a firm dinner in May 1989, another legal assistant [Raben] acknowledged hearing a rumor that Freedman was gay.”  Cf. Page v. Freedman, 2016 CPO 2862, D.C. Superior Court.  In the District of Columbia a Petitioner’s bare unsupported allegation that Respondent published statements about Petitioner’s sexuality (without reference to Petitioner’s sexual orientation) is probative of threat and will support, as part of a mix of factors, the Court’s imposition of a Temporary Protection Order (Petitioner had made the unsupported allegation “[Respondent] also made references to my sexuality.”)  Any reasonable employee might conclude that he was a target of invidious (and threatening) sexual rumor and innuendo by coworkers, a recognized feature of a hostile or sexually-charged work environment.