The woman who was held captive in a metal shipping crate by a confessed serial killer who murdered her boyfriend has filed a lawsuit against the company that employed her kidnapper.
According to news station WSPA, Brown has filed a lawsuit against Todd Kohlhepp’s real estate company Todd Kohlhepp & Associates, LLC.
As Crime Online previously reported, Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to seven murder charges last week in addition to rape charges.
Kala Brown (pictured left) and her boyfriend Chris Carver (pictured right) had gone to Kohlhepp’s Spartanburg property in August of last year to report for what they thought was a cleaning job. There, Kohlhepp shot and killed Carver and kept Brown captive for two months, chained inside of a metal crate where she told Dr. Phil he raped her on a daily basis.
When authorities traced a cell phone signal to the property, Brown banged on the inside of the metal crate to get their attention. She was rescued, and Kohlhepp later led authorities to bodies on his property, including Carver’s.
The lawsuit, which is included below, claims that the company is liable for hiring Kohlhepp in spite of his criminal record, and responsible for damages related to Brown’s captivity.
As WBTV reports, Kohllepp was a convicted sex offender when he applied for and received his real estate license. He reportedly said in his application that he had been charged with a felony for kidnapping his then 15-year-old girlfriend, saying the felony charged stemmed from the fact he was in possession of a firearm at the time. But the news station reports that in fact he was charged with the rape of a 14-year-old girl who was not his girlfriend, and pleaded to a lesser charge of kidnapping.
Brown’s lawsuit does not specifically name any individual defendants or co-defendants, and it is not clear who if anyone was also employed at Todd Kohlhepp & Associates, LLC.
Kohlhepp was sentenced to seven consecutive life terms in prison.