The allegations are disturbing. The Justice Department says Estes Thompson, 36, directed a Charlotte girl to the first-class restroom where she found her iPhone. After a months-long investigation, investigators said they found recordings of girls using the bathroom on other thefts on Thomspon’s iCloud account and hundreds of AI-generated images of child pornography.
Last year, the family of 14-year-old Charlotte filed a lawsuit.federal lawsuit against Thompson and American Airlines. In an interview with Channel 9 in December before charges were filed, his father said his family was taking legal action to seek accountability.
“Unfortunately, it seems like this is the only way to get any accountability,” he said. “Which is just sad.”
In response to the lawsuit, American Airlines is fighting back and asking for it to be dismissed.
“Defendant is not responsible for intentional acts or crimes committed by its employees for which it had no knowledge of a propensity or disposition to commit either,” the attorneys said of American Airlines in their January 30 filing.
In response to numerous claims made in the family’s lawsuit, American Airlines’ lawyers used the same line dozens of times.
“This defendant lacks sufficient knowledge or information to form an opinion as to the truth of the allegations,” the attorneys wrote.
Lawyers for the 14-year-old girl’s family downplayed the appeal by American Airlines lawyers and called it a “standard defense.”
An American Airlines spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
A federal judge will likely decide the future of the case in the coming weeks, but whatever happens, the criminal charges against Thompson still stand.
The 14-year-old’s father told Channel 9 last month that his family…