The mayor of West Hollywood is taking her city to court.
Mayor Sepi Shyne has filed a workers’ compensation claim against WeHo over an undisclosed incident that occurred October 2 at West Hollywood Library — the same evening she was transported by ambulance from a City Council meeting to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
On October 20, Shyne’s attorneys at Gateway Pacific informed WeHo they were representing her in a dispute over benefits due as a result of an “industrial injury which occurred during the course and scope of her employment.” All information regarding the injury was redacted from documents provided yesterday to WEHOonline by the city in response to a public information request we submitted December 15.
The workers’ compensation claim deepens the mystery surrounding the night of Shyne’s hospitalization, which she never spoke about publicly, and its link to a man named Kaleb Daniel Simon, against whom she has sought a workplace violence restraining order over an occurrence that happened — you guessed it — October 2, according to documents filed with the Workers’ Compensation Board in Long Beach.
The date of the filing was December 15, the same date as our public information request to the city.
More information on the defendant is forthcoming.
Shyne was discharged from the hospital the following day, reportedly after being treated for a panic attack. She became WeHo’s mayor last January shortly after it was revealed she intended to run for Congress. Her term ends Monday, when she will return to her role as councilmember, allowing her to devote more attention to the primary election in March. John M. Erickson will be installed as the new mayor on Monday night.