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Wed 6 Oct, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

I'm 100 percent gay. So, you're accusing me — the gay guy — of touching the girl inappropriately? The situation is so bizarre

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Gay skydiving instructor fired For allegedly groping woman sues boss

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A gay skydiving instructor is suing his boss after being sacked for allegedly groping a women inappropriately mid air during a jump.

Donald Zarda, 40, was fired from his New York skydiving job in June after a female student accused the instructor for touching her inappropriately.

Trying to put at the young woman, known as Roseanna, he assured her not to worry, saying: "Don't worry, I'm gay."

After the jump at Long Island she reportedly made a complaint about Zarda and his "inappropriate behaviour” and that he had touched her "in a way that made her feel uncomfortable".

Mr. Zarda claimed instructors make sexual jokes with their students before jumps to allay any fears of being strapped together so tightly.

He told the New York Post: "I'm 100 percent gay. So, you're accusing me — the gay guy — of touching the girl inappropriately? The situation is so bizarre."

Following the accusations Zarda’s boss Ray Maynard fired him from his position with the company and his lawyer claimed it wasn’t the first time a similar complaint had been made about the gay instructor.

Zarda claims that he was refused the right to watch the video of the jump as it would have cleared him and has now decided to sue his former boss for unfair treatment.

Mr. Maynard has refused to comment on the matter.


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