Women at Fast-Growing Realty Firm Say They Were Drugged and Assaulted

Earl Cotten
Newsbusinesses
Published in
4 min readDec 15, 2023

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Christy Lundy, a real estate agent in San Diego, alleges she was drugged at a recruiting event for eXp Realty in 2020.

In the dazzling embrace of the Omnia nightclub at Caesar’s Palace, eXp Realty showcased its success at the annual conference. More than 5,000 real estate agents reveled in a culture that declared, “Work hard, play harder — and build wealth in the process.” Yet, behind the glittering facade, an underbelly emerged in the shadows, as women claimed that their pleas for justice were ignored.

The Allegations Unveiled: A Pattern of Predatory Behavior

In lawsuits filed in February and Thursday, five women detailed a disturbing pattern of predatory behavior by two prominent agents, Michael Bjorkman and David Golden. The women allege they were drugged during alcohol-soaked eXp events, with four reporting subsequent sexual assaults. Shockingly, executives at eXp Realty seemingly turned a blind eye to these claims for years, taking action only after the first lawsuit was filed.

eXp Realty’s Unique Structure: A Breeding Ground for Misconduct

At the heart of the issue lies eXp Realty’s unique structure. Agents are recruited by their peers, creating a network where everyone funnels money upwards. This structure, resembling a multilevel marketing operation, provides little incentive to address misconduct allegations against high earners. The fastest-growing teams become the darlings of the company, seemingly immune to scrutiny.

The Alleged Perpetrators: A Network of Abuse

Bjorkman and Golden, once considered star agents, are now at the center of heinous allegations. The first lawsuit, filed in February, recounts a woman waking up naked in her hotel room with no memory after consuming a cocktail. The second lawsuit, filed on Thursday, includes accounts of multiple women alleging drugging and assault. The repercussions extend beyond the accused, raising questions about eXp’s complicity in fostering a toxic environment.

A Systemic Issue: Ignored Complaints and Ongoing Revelry

Despite one of the accused agents leaving in 2020 and the other’s ties being severed in March, allegations persist. Agents claim…

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Earl Cotten
Newsbusinesses

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