A married landlord in Michigan asked a potential tenant to perform a “striptease” for him in exchange for lower rent — and masturbated while she toured the place, a lawsuit claims.
Sarah Joy Yoder, 39, reached out to landlord Ryan McDonell in August 2018 about the home in Lansing he was renting for $700.
But she was later told that she might be able to get the property for a lower price if she took off some of her clothes, the Lansing State Journal reported.
“I really liked that dress U had on the other day, any chance you would give me a striptease starting with a dress like that?” McDonell asked Yoder in text messages, according to a housing discrimination lawsuit filed last month. “I’d assume we could make a deal after that.”
Yoder replied that she was not a “hooker or stripper, even for a house,” but McDonell was seemingly undeterred.
The married man, whose wife, Sandy, was also named as a defendant, later clarified that she didn’t have to get entirely nude — just do “something cute maybe and let me watch,” the suit claims.
During an initial tour of the property, Yoder walked around the house for several minutes before McDonell greeted her. He was sweaty and breathing heavily at the time, according to the suit.
In text messages days later, Yoder asked McDonell if he would accept $650 per month, prompting him to say that it would “be more fun to negotiate in person,” court records show.
McDonell later admitted during Yoder’s second visit to the home that he had been masturbating “while watching her through the windows” and called her an “Indian [expletive]” as she left with a friend, the lawsuit claims.
Yoder, who is Native American, is seeking damages for emotional distress, attorney fees and expert witness fees. She alleges McDonell’s actions forced her to seek alternative housing in Ingham County.
After his second meeting with Yoder, he accused the woman of prancing “around in that tiny dress” for 15 minutes in his backyard before they met to discuss the property, according to the lawsuit.
In several texts, McDonell told Yoder to “adjust her dose,” though it’s unclear what he meant. He also mentioned the “bikini pics” he saw on her Facebook profile after asking the woman for access to her profile, the lawsuit claims.
A message left for McDonell was not immediately returned early Friday. A hearing in the case has not yet been scheduled, the Lansing State Journal reported.