Melissa Mark-Viverito (D), the woman expected to be voted in as the next New York City Council Speaker on Thursday, has been slapped with a $1 million lawsuit by a former political rival claiming that she hexed her with a big haunting mural of a bodiless rooster on the side of her building in Manhattan, N.Y.
Gwen Goodwin (D), 52, claims in the lawsuit that Mark-Viverito placed the hex on her through a black-magic mural on the side of the East 100th Street building where she resides while they were competing for the same council seat, according to a report in the New York Post.
The rooster’s head sits right below the window of the apartment where Goodwin has lived since 1997.
“According to neighbors of Puerto Rican and other backgrounds, in the Caribbean culture, this constituted a curse and a death threat, as a swastika or a noose would symbolize typically to many Jews or African-Americans,” Goodwin charges in the suit filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court last Friday.
Many New York Puerto Ricans reportedly practice Santeria, described as a hybrid religion based on Catholicism, voodoo-like ceremonies and animal sacrifices.
Goodwin explained that the hex caused her “emotional distress” and prevented her from running a winning campaign last year. “This intimidated me and caused me fear. I’m a Christian. I don’t believe outside my religion, but strange things were happening,” Goodwin claimed.