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Lawsuit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist allegedly sexually assaulted female startup founder on red-eye flight

Lawsuit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist allegedly sexually assaulted female startup founder on red-eye flight

Archivo Lawsuit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist allegedly sexually assaulted female startup founder on red-eye flight SAN JOSE — A female technology startup founder filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist for alleged sexual assault on an overnight flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis.

Rachel Danae Vachata, a 29-year old co-founder of technology companies, alleges that 73-year old venture capitalist Lucio Lanza “preyed on” Vachata by threatening to use his position to make or break her companies and then repeatedly groped and attempted to kiss her during the flight last July, according to the complaint filed with the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Lanza is the founder and managing director of Lanza techVentures based in Palo Alto. He did not immediately respond to voicemail, text and email requests for comment Wednesday.

Vachata — who founded two companies (Mallium and Dynamic Surgical) since 2015, according to her LinkedIn profile — said in a statement that she decided to go public about her encounter with Lanza because “exposing sexual harassment and assault is vital.”

“Victims did not create the problem, but we will be part of the solution.” said Vachata. “We can’t be afraid to stand up for ourselves and others — safety […]

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Lawsuit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist allegedly sexually assaulted female startup founder on red-eye flight

Lawsuit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist allegedly sexually assaulted female startup founder on red-eye flight

Archivo Lawsuit: Silicon Valley venture capitalist allegedly sexually assaulted female startup founder on red-eye flight SAN JOSE — A female technology startup founder filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist for alleged sexual assault on an overnight flight from San Francisco to Minneapolis.

Rachel Danae Vachata, a 29-year old co-founder of technology companies, alleges that 73-year old venture capitalist Lucio Lanza “preyed on” Vachata by threatening to use his position to make or break her companies and then repeatedly groped and attempted to kiss her during the flight last July, according to the complaint filed with the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Lanza is the founder and managing director of Lanza techVentures based in Palo Alto. He said through his spokesperson Wednesday afternoon that he “has no idea of what he is being accused of.”

“As far as he remembers, he was on a plane talking with this woman about her startup,” said Lanza’s spokesperson Nanette Collins, in an emailed statement.

Vachata — who founded two companies (Mallium and Dynamic Surgical) since 2015, according to her LinkedIn profile — said in a statement that she decided to go public about her encounter with Lanza because “exposing sexual harassment and assault […]

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