Atallah "Alibaba" Abdallah, Produce Market Owner, Accused of Raping Sales Rep in Her Costa Mesa Office

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A sales rep says a major produce market client brutally raped her in her Costa Mesa office and then tossed a $100 bill at her and told her to "Buy some pills" to terminate any pregnancy that might result from his having ejaculated inside her. The bombshell allegations against Atallah "Alibaba" Abdallah, the owner of Dogwood's Marketplace in Monrovia and Vine Ripe Farmers Market in La Mesa, are contained in a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for sexual battery, false imprisonment, assault, sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The woman, who is unnamed because she is an alleged sexual assault victim, is represented by lawyer David Drexler of Sherman Oaks. She is suing Abdallah and his businesses.

She claims she had a strictly professional relationship with the 45-year-old produce market owner, having sold him "hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food products." She claims the rape happened after they attended a business meeting in July 2010. Afterward, she alleges, he showed her a knife and threatened to hurt her and her children if she told anyone about the rape.

The woman says she filed a police report accusing Abdallah of rape and, about a month later, obtained a restraining order against him, claiming the judge "found that the order was based on a credible threat of violence by defendant."

Despite the rape, the woman claims in the complaint that she had a difficult time terminating their business relationship because she had sold Abdallah hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food products--and he still owed her money.

The suit contends Abdallah, who could not be reached for comment, knew he had the upper hand in this regard, which is why he allegedly assaulted the woman.

Portions of her complaint, first reported by Courthouse News Service, follow on the next page:


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