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Handsy Hairdresser Headed for Second Harassment Trial

If famous D.C. hair poofer Andre Chreky, 52, was hoping to get out of his second sexual harassment trial when he filed for bankruptcy on March 22, well,  so much for that quick snip.

Judge Royce Lamberth just set a date–August 9–for the start of the trial, in which Jennifer Thong, a former employee of Chreky's, will accuse the beauty master of various sexual attacks.

As the Post reports, Thong's lawsuit alleges that during one 2005 incident in Chreky's office: "'Mr. Chreky got up and slammed the door, pushed her over and got on top of her. Plaintiff began to cry and yelled for him to let her go. He grabbed her skirt, tore it . . . Mr. Chreky unzipped his pants' and attempted to force intercourse."

Having brought a similar lawsuit against the style maven, former Chreky salon worker Ronnie Barrett was awarded $2.3 million in a harassment trial that ended on March 9. The day before Thong's trial was to commence, however, Chreky's lawyers filed bankruptcy papers for both him and his business. The move meant that Chreky and his business were given an automatic stay against would-be and actual collectors like Thong and Barrett.

A court document shows that to counter that shrewd move, Thong's lawyer, Jonathan G. Rose, filed two motions aimed at waylaying the bankruptcy. This month, Chreky's attorneys came to the negotiating table and hammered out a deal with Rose in which Chreky is allowed to proceed with the bankruptcy in exchange for giving up the automatic stay. Prior to Thong's lawsuit, Chreky claimed as much as $6 million in liquid assets.

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