ATLANTIC CITY — Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. has settled a civil lawsuit with a casino nightclub director he allegedly borrowed money from but failed to pay back.
According to court documents, Meredith Adele Godfrey and Gilliam reached a settlement Tuesday over an unpaid $5,000 personal loan. Details of the settlement were unavailable.
The special civil case was scheduled for trial Thursday in Atlantic County Superior Court.
Michael Testa Jr., attorney for Godfrey, said there was a confidentiality clause in the settlement agreement that prohibits both parties from discussing the terms.
Gilliam answered his cellphone Wednesday and, when asked for comment, said he would call back but did not.
Neither Gilliam’s office nor his attorney, Mitchell Stein, responded to requests for comment.
Godfrey did not respond to a text message.
The initial complaint, filed in March, alleges a “close personal relationship” between the mayor and Godfrey, an entertainment director at Haven Nightclub at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who represented Godfrey before Testa, declined to elaborate on the nature of the relationship at the time.
Godfrey said she lent Gilliam $5,000 in August “with the expectation that he would pay her back as soon as possible,” according to the complaint. She had been seeking repayment of the loan plus interest, court costs and legal fees totaling $10,082.
According to the complaint, Gilliam sought the loan so he could “pay an attorney for trademark advice regarding a tourism slogan for Atlantic City.”
Tourism marketing in Atlantic City is typically handled by Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The now-defunct Atlantic City Alliance created the city’s current marketing slogan, “Do AC,” in 2012, and the previous marketing effort, “Always Turned On,” was created in 2003 by the also-defunct Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority.
Gilliam and Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy II were part of a scuffle outside Haven on Nov. 11 that involved three employees from the nightclub. The pair of elected officials, both Democrats, were charged with simple assault and harassment. Gilliam’s charges were ultimately dismissed, while Fauntleroy pleaded guilty to an Atlantic City ordinance against impeding traffic in a public space and paid a $500 fine.