It has been a bad week for New York nannies. First came the horrifying report on Friday of a trusted caretaker who murdered the young children of the wealthy couple she worked for. Now comes a tale of abuse in which the caretaker was the victim rather than the villain.
The Mail Online reports that 31-year-old Andrea Duncan is suing her former employer, Susan O’Leary, because of “the torture she was put through while watching the woman’s troubled 23-year-old daughter.” Duncan was hired to watch Suzanne Duncan, who is 8 years her junior, because the young woman allegedly suffered from “a mild emotional disorder.” It was not until Duncan was under O’Leary’s employ that she learned that the daughter had just been released from inpatient treatment for “severe” emotional problems.
But it was the torment visited on her by her boss that made her job a living hell. Duncan maintains that O’Leary went ballistic for no apparent reason and threw a pot full of boiling water on her on once occasion, then forbade her from seeking medical treatment, telling her instead to take “Adderall, drink wine, and apply aloe.” Duncan claims that she weighed seeking treatment against the perks of her job, which included room and board in an $8 million Carnegie Hill apartment, and elected to stay on.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Duncan, an aspiring actress, further alleges that O’Leary controlled her life both inside and outside the apartment. She insists that O’Leary forced her to go on dates with her personal trainer and broker was told to be “nice and accommodating.” She states that she was also required to dress scantily and host cocktail parties at the apartment even though that was beyond the scope of her job description.
“All I wanted,” Duncan told reporters, “was a safe place to live and make a little money to support myself. Where I was was evil.”
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