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Woman Claims McDonald’s Helped Force Her Into Life Of Prostitution

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File photo of McDonald's restaurant sign. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) — Ronald McDonald a pimp?

A California woman is suing McDonald’s after claiming that her husband — whom she met at the Arroyo Grande, Calif., fast-food franchise he owned while she was working there as a counter person — forced her into prostitution.

The Courthouse News Service reports that Shelley Lynn filed a complaint in a California federal court that her ex-husband, Keith Handley, forced her into a life as a hooker after she told him she wanted to be a performer in Las Vegas. Lynn claims that McDonald’s did nothing to stop Handley, whom she began dating in 1985 and married in 1988.

Lynn says in the complaint that McDonald’s “failed to conduct a due diligence into the moral character of Handley when it sold franchises to him,” according to the News Service, adding that “Handley also engaged in pimping operations out of the McDonald’s franchises he owned.”

Lynn says that Handley forced her to become a call girl at the Chicken Ranch brothel in Pahrump, Nev., in December 1986.

The complaint states that the ex-husband “began pressuring Lynn on an almost daily basis, arguing with her every day that she needed to become a prostitute in a legal brothel,” according to the news service. Lynn claims she was having sex with up to 12 men a night at the brothel.

Lynn is also suing her ex-husband’s current corporation Invernia, claiming it bribed two of its employees to make false accusations about her.

She is looking for lost wages, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

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