Former Tennessee police officer Maegan Hall has broken her silence on the salacious sex scandal that garnered national headlines.
Hall was one of five officers formerly employed by the La Vergne Police Department who were fired in January after an internal investigation revealed numerous sex-charged allegations, including sexual relations while at work. The other police offers who were terminated: Patrol Officer Juan Lugo Perez, Sgt. Lewis Powell, Detective Seneca Shields, and Sgt. Henry Ty McGowan. Three other officers were suspended for their part in the sex scandal: K-9 Officer Larry Holladay, Patrol Officer Patrick Magliocco, and Patrol Officer Gavin Schoeberl.
Hall has kept a low profile since the sordid accusations were made public, but she broke her silence with an interview this week.
"I know what most people are saying. 'You could have said no.' I get it," Hall told WTVF. "But my response to them is that I did say no, and he wouldn't take no for an answer. Eventually, I gave in from the pressure."
Hall's attorney, Wesley Clark, added, "On several occasions, Hall tried to get out of this relationship, and she was not allowed to."
"Maegan wasn't looked at as a rookie cop to be trained and promoted," Clark alleged. "She was looked at like a piece of meat to be sexualized and exploited."
The internal probe revealed that Officer Hall had "intimate relationships" with fellow cops, including Holladay, Powell, Lugo, McGowan, Shields, and a threesome with Magliocco and his wife.
Hall said, "My supervisors worked together to take advantage of my vulnerabilities and mental health, and they used it for their gain and their sexual pleasure."
"Who do you turn to when the chief of police is sexually harassing you? How can I get justice when the entire system, including the chief, not only condoned such behavior but participated in it? I was lost, and I felt alone. I had no one to turn to and nowhere to go," she said.
The independent investigation found that La Vergne Police Department Chief Burrel "Chip" Davis not only knew about the sex scandal, but also allegedly received sexually explicit photos and videos of Hall.
Last month, the police chief was fired after a "third-party investigator concluded Davis was aware of the sexual misconduct within his department and never reported or disciplined any of the officers involved."
Hall claimed that her coworkers and supervisors turned on her.
"They isolated me. Shunned me. They accused me, and they blamed me for becoming a victim," Hall said.
Hall said she suffered from severe depression to the point of considering suicide and was hospitalized.
"No woman should ever have to endure this type of abuse," she said. "What happened to me at LaVergne Police Department should never happen to anyone."
Despite five officers being terminated, Hall was the one fired cop who received the most ridicule and scorn online.
Hall said, "I received harassing and threatening messages on my phone daily. I felt like I had been terrorized."
Hall said her faith pulled her through the tumultuous times. She also said that she remains married to her husband and has a solid family support system to lean on.
On Monday, Hall launched a federal lawsuit against her supervisors and the city of La Vergne.
"From the beginning of her employment, Ms. Hall experienced a workplace environment permeated with sexual innuendo and sexually explicit behavior," according to the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Nashville.
"During her employment, Ms. Hall was groomed to engage in sexually exploitative activities by men in the department including Sgt. Powell, Sgt. McGowan, and Chief Davis," the suit claimed.
The lawsuit described Hall's workplace as a "sexually coercive environment," which allegedly took a toll on Hall's mental health.
NBC News reported, "The suit alleged that male colleagues discussed the attractiveness of women and traded stories about their intimate experiences, that an officer told Hall’s superior he wanted to have sex with her and that two officers exchanged photos of their genitals in her presence."
The lawsuit does not specify an amount, but seeks damages from lost wages and medical expenses. The suit also demands compensation for police officers sharing her nude photos, which allegedly caused emotional distress, mental suffering, and "loss of enjoyment of life."
The city of La Vergne has yet to respond to the lawsuit.
You can watch the entire interview with Maegan Hall here.
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