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Knoxville pizza-place manager tries to fend off statutory rape charge with 'she's a teen drama queen' testimony

April 22nd, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

According to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel a former pizzeria manager served jurors this explanation for a teenage worker's claims that he elicited sexual favors from her: She's a "drama queen."

"I didn't know what was going on with the drama queen," Scott D. Julian testified Tuesday in Knox County Criminal Court.

It was a label the former Mangia Pizza and More manager repeatedly applied to the then-17-year-old waitress and cashier whose allegations of statutory rape and sexual battery and exploitation he is trying to fend off.

Julian's testimony came after another teenager employee, Brad Dehler, testified that Julian, a married father of two, showed him photographs of the girl performing a sex act on Julian and flashing her breasts. Defense attorney Bill Talman insists the photographs do not exist. Prosecutor Steve Sword contends Julian deleted them from his phone.

Julian vowed his innocence from the witness stand, denying the saucy comments she alleged he made, the groping she claimed he did and the sexual favors she said she delivered at the Turkey Creek eatery.

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