In a cross complaint filed Monday, Jessica Gibson accuses Lowe of exposing himself, putting his hands down her pants, and other “offensive, insulting, unwelcome, mean, perverted, crude and lascivious” behavior over a two-year period while she was on the job. This after working for the family on and off the past seven years, voluntarily returning to the job twice, and recently indicating that “she has nothing bad to say about [them]” and that she “loves and respects [them].” Suddenly the nanny-from-hell has plenty to say. And none of it’s good.
Inconsistencies between the text of her complaint and her alleged text messages to the Lowes, however, demonstrate she is not to be fully trusted and will likely blow her case to pieces. I am sure Lowe’s lawyers are chomping at the bit for their client’s day in court.
Here’s why Gibsn’s case is shaky:
1. Anything You Say Can Be Used Against You in Court
This nanny has made prior inconsistent statements. That means “liar” in legalese. It’s easy to show why Jessica Gibson is a Pinocchio even before she attends a single deposition. She charges that Rob Lowe molested her and said on TV that she stayed with the job because she “was afraid”. Yet here are excerpts from her February text messages to the family, sent the day after she left their employ (Lowe displays them in their entirety on The Huffington Post):
I have nothing bad 2 say about your family and really am thankful for what you guys have done for me over the years.
I did not leave out of spite or anger, it was just time for my heart to let go.
I have nothing but love and respect for your family and would love to maintain a caring relationship with you guys.
It had nothing to do with you or rob either, this was me.
2. He Said /She Said
What is the evidence other than the nanny’s word that this really happened? When you compare the text messages above and her allegations in the court papers, her story is not credible. She is either lying then or she’s lying now. Plus, there are no eyewitnesses. No other Lowe household employees have come forward to verify her allegations. If that remains the case as the lawsuit proceeds, her own statements—those statements praising the Lowes and her relationship with them– are strong evidence that Rob Lowe is more believable.
3. Conduct Unbecoming a Victim
This so-called victim doesn’t act like a victim. Jessica certainly didn’t behave like someone who has been molested by her employer. The nanny left the Lowe job twice in seven years to explore other opportunities and each time returned asking for more hours.
The nanny’s sister also worked for the Lowes steadily for seven years. The sister has not come forward to verify the allegations. Wouldn’t Jessica have wanted to confide in her sibling about this so-called abuse to protect her from the “predatory” Rob Lowe? If she was so upset about what was happening, why didn’t she report the alleged offensive sexual conduct to the police?
And to top it off, after Jessica leaves the job, she writes to Rob’s wife:
I love you guys. Ps tell rob I’m really sorry as well
Does this childcare giver sound like a disgruntled, unhappy, or victimized employee? I don’t recall in my fifteen years of law practice ever hearing a non-family member “victim” tell her “abuser” she loved him or apologize.
4. The Final Kiss of Death: She Hired Gloria Allred
Hiring Gloria Allred always tells me this nanny is seeking money and fame, not justice. Another woman Allred previously represented straight to a book deal was Scott Peterson’s mistress, Amber Frey. Jessica doesn’t need Gloria for her lawsuit or to tell her story in court. She already has a lawyer for that. Allred serves as a redundant public relations rep with a law degree who represents dubious “victims” who seek celebrity on the coattails of high profile litigants and defendants.
Allred’s Today show appearance holding Jessica’s hand while the young woman sat there grinning with her shiny hair and TV makeup proves my point. Jessica never answered the tough questions put to her about the viability of her claim. Instead Allred kept stepping in to spin and to remind all of us that no female “victim” in this country should have to put up with sexual harassment in the workplace.
In the end we will see who the real victim is the Rob Lowe version of Nanny-Gate. I think the Lowes will triumph over their children’s former babysitter. The proof is always in the pudding.