Woman in Silicon Valley suit faces tough jury questions

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination says she would not enter into an affair with a male colleague as she did, but she didn't think it was inappropriate at the time.

Ellen Pao faced tough questions from jurors on Friday in her lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers about topics including her decision to use an epithet in an email to a senior partner, whether her colleagues saw her as someone who needed to get the last word and whether she thought it was inappropriate to enter in the affair.

Pao has said the male colleague pursued her relentlessly, and she entered into the affair after he told her his wife had left him. She said she broke it off after she learned he had lied, but he then retaliated against her, and the firm did nothing to stop it.