DLA Piper has submitted its first formal response to claims by partner Vanina Guerrero that she was the subject of repeated sexual assaults by Silicon Valley rainmaker Louis Lehot, highlighting a stream of consciousness letter she emailed to herself saying that offering “friendship w/o anything” would allow her to “control” him.

While both Lehot and DLA Piper have been employing a carefully crafted media strategy in response to Guerrero’s allegations, the firm’s 122-page response Tuesday to her Sept. 30 charge with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission marks a new phase in the fight.

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