David Colby Was a Top Executive—and a Married Man. But More Than a Dozen Women Say He Was Also a Dangerous Don Juan Who Took Advantage of Them.
She was a nurse, a single mother, struggling to get by. He was the wealthy chief financial officer of a big corporation—hardly dashing, to be sure, but oh so romantic. There were lavish dinners, breathless text messages ("I want a baby with you!"), offers to send her son to private school and endless declarations of love. "I was falling hard for him," says Beverly McCarthy, 53. "He made me feel like I had a man who loved me."
Just one hitch: He may have made at least 15 other women feel that way too. In what sounds like some twisted version of The Bachelor—Prince Charming sleeps with all the contestants and isn't even a bachelor to boot—several women have come forward to accuse David Colby, 45, former CFO of managed health care giant WellPoint, Inc., of being a sexual predator who ruined their lives with false promises. One of the women, Sarah Waugh, 29, a former secretary at WellPoint, is suing Colby for sexual battery, a form of sexual harassment that includes, according to her suit, "the intentional infliction of emotional distress" and exposing her to high-risk unprotected sex. Another woman is suing him for control of the $4.4 million mansion she claims he promised to give her. Many of the women may be called as witnesses should the lawsuits go to trial. "This is one of the more severe cases I've seen," says attorney Randall Gold, an employment law expert. "It appears to involve a man with a serious problem controlling his sexual impulses."