One plaintiff, attorney Lina Charry, has refused to settle
By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Ben Kalasho and Zhala Tawfiq, dethroned pageant queen who accused Kalasho of posting faked nude photos of her online in retaliation for a business dispute
February 1, 2020 (El Cajon) – Former El Cajon Councilman Bessmon “Ben” Kalasho and his wife, Jessica Kalasho aka Jessica Deddeh, have been ordered by San Diego Superior Court Judge Kenneth Medel to pay $300,000 in a civil fraud, defamation and sexual harassment lawsuit.
The suit was filed by former Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant contestants Zhala Tawfiq and Paris Kargar as well as by Three Brothers Taco Shop against the Kalashos, the pageant, and the former San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce that the Kalashos founded. The settlement money is to be divided equally among the three plaintiffs, according to the judgment.