After filing a lawsuit against venture capitalist Lucio Lanza last month for sexually assaulting her on a red-eye flight, technology founder Danae Vachata now says that since then, more women have contacted her to describe similar experiences that they cover more than a decade. His lawyers filed an amended lawsuit today in Santa Clara Superior Court, alleging that "Lanza has fondled and fondled several women over a period of more than ten years, boasting of his power in the technology community to do or undo career as part of their pattern of abuse and exploitation of women. "These new women are not being named at this time, but can be identified publicly during the course of the lawsuit.
Lanza, 73, is the CEO of Lanza techVentures, a venture capital firm that says on its website that it has supported more than 50 startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Vachata, who co-founded the medical surgery company Mallium and was part of Forbes & # 39; 30 Under 30 in Healthcare in 2018, alleges that she was on the same flight as Lanza in July 2017. Her lawsuit says she appeared to be very drunk and smells like alcohol, and at one point changed his seat with the person at his side. She alleges that he began to assault her physically, feeling for her breasts and crotch area, even while she resisted and verbally asked him to stop.
The lawsuit states that "throughout the assault, the Respondent continued his power in the industry in which Ms. Vachata works and how he has the ability to" make or break "his career." The lawsuit also alleges that Lanza said he was interested in investing in his company
"He knew deep down that this was not his first time."
"After the incident happened, just because of the way he approached things and the way he threatened me, I knew deep down that this was not his first time," Vachata told The Verge. She says that after the first articles about her lawsuit appeared, several women contacted her claiming that similar things had happened to her. "It was very similar, oh my God, someone believes me! Someone knows I'm not making this up." She said that at the same time it was devastating to know that Lanza allegedly "had been doing this for so long and has been using tactics. of fear to silence us. "
A spokesman for Lanza told Business Insider earlier: "Lucio has no idea what he's accused of, and as far as he remembers, he was on a plane talking to this woman about his start-up."
When comments were received today, a Lanza spokesman did not respond immediately.
Update March 8, 5:46 PM: A spokesperson for Lucio Lanza told The Verge via email, "Ms. The amended Vachata complaint is as sensational and lacking in merit as the original. Mr. Lanza, but he has been presented to the media to defame his name, we will defend Mr. Lanza energetically. "