She don’t practice Santeria, she ain’t got no crystal ball. But she’s trying to sue for a million dollars, so she can spend it all.
Gwen Goodwin, a former Democrat candidate for city council is suing the front-runner for Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, claiming her candidacy was marred by a strange tactic implemented by the opposing side – a “Caribbean hex.”
Via the New York Post:
A rival of Melissa Mark-Viverito filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the front-runner for City Council speaker — claiming she put a Caribbean hex on her while the two were running for the same council seat, in the form of a black-magic mural on her building.
Gwen Goodwin, 52, who spectacularly lost the Democratic primary to Mark-Viverito in September, says her nemesis targeted her East 100th Street building as the canvas for a five-story image of a bodiless rooster atop wooden poles.
The head is just below the window of the apartment where Goodwin has lived since 1997.
“According to neighbors of Puerto Rican and other backgrounds, in the Caribbean culture, this constituted a curse and a death threat, as a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African-Americans,” Goodwin alleges in a Manhattan Supreme Court suit she filed Friday.
Many New York Puerto Ricans practice a hybrid religion called Santeria, which is based on Catholicism but includes voodoo-like ceremonies and animal sacrifices. East Harlem even boasts a specialty shop dedicated to the religion called Justo Botanica, at East 104th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Goodwin had previously blamed “massive tampering” for her electoral loss, but now says the voodoo distracted her from running a winning campaign. The hex also led to intimidation, fear, and naturally, “emotional distress.”
Goodwin also cited concrete evidence of the power of the hex, such as a blood clot she developed in her foot, and the erratic behavior of a friend which coincided with the mural going up.
But Caribbean art expert Marta Moreno Vega previously told the Daily News that the bird depicted in the mural had nothing to do with the African religion of Santeria.
“This woman has issues,” Vega said.
A spokesman for Mark-Viverito blasted the million dollar lawsuit as “desperate and ridiculous.”