A Pritzker heir was about to host a Biden fundraiser in LA. Then he was accused of sexual misconduct


A Pritzker heir was about to host a Biden fundraiser in LA. Then he was accused of sexual misconduct

California Politics, 2024 Elections

Benjamin Oresces

Dec. 7, 2023

A scion of the politically connected and wealthy Pritzker family, who was to co-organize a fundraiser for President Biden in Los Angeles on Friday, was removed from the invitations to the event after he was accused of unwanted sexual acts and sued for 25 million dollars.

Matthew Pritzker, 41, whose uncles started the Hyatt hotel chain, was listed as co-host on a November invitation to Biden’s first fundraising appearance in Los Angeles since the end of the entertainment industry strikes. His cousin, the governor of Illinois. JB Pritzker is co-chair of Biden’s campaign. But Matthew Pritzker is not mentioned in an updated invitation circulating among Hollywood donors this week.

The updated invitation


reviewed by The Times, features new co-hosts and news that musician Lenny Kravitz will perform at the event, which Biden’s supporters hope will reopen the entertainment industry’s cash taps in support of his re-election bid.


a lawsuit

court documents per JG

filed on November 23 in New York


Supreme Court, lawyers for

a woman who uses the pseudonym

“Jane Doe” alleges that “Pritzker engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff without her consent, while she was incapacitated and unable to consent.”

Pritzker did not respond to repeated requests

from De Tijd

for comment.

The plaintiff’s lawyers,

Raju Sundaran

and Justin T. Kelton say in the lawsuit that the alleged incident occurred on May 31, 2009 in Upper Manhattan. Sundaran declined to comment on his behalf



Pritzker has not named an attorney and has not responded to the allegations in court. A New York State Supreme Court judge asked the investor to respond to the allegations by December. 13 and that he or his lawyer appear in court two days later.

The other co-hosts for Friday’s fundraiser also include directors

Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner, producers

Shonda Rhimes and Peter Chernin and former studio chief Jim Gianopulos, according to an invitation obtained by The Times. Other co-hosts include billionaire businessman and failed Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso, former ambassadors, technology leaders, corporate honchos and prominent lawyers.

The event is expected to attract major donors who are spending as much as nearly $930,000 each in support of Democratic leaders’ bid for re-election. It will take place at the home of

interior designer

Michael Smith and James Costos, who served as U.S. ambassador to Spain under President Obama. Smith helped redecorate the White House under Obama.

Representatives for the Biden campaign declined to comment.

Pritzker’s extended family has donated to progressive causes and long exerted influence in Democratic Party politics. Penny Pritzker, the sister of the Illinois governor and cousin of Matthew Pritzker, served as Obama’s commerce secretary from 2013 to 2017 and was recently appointed as Biden’s special representative for Ukraine’s economic recovery.

Members of the Pritzker family of San Francisco are generous supporters of the government. Gavin Newsom during his rise through electoral politics in California.

Matthew Pritzker became a successful investor after receiving a settlement in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against his father and members of his extended family.

He has also been a prolific political donor, giving approximately $2.35 million to Democratic candidates and causes at the federal level over the past decade. That included about $25,600 for the 2020 Biden campaign and groups that supported it. In 2016, he donated about $600,000 to groups supporting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

This lawsuit against Pritzker is one of several filed in New York State under the 2022 legislation known as the Adult Survivors Act. The legislation created a one-year start period




when alleged victims of sexual misconduct could file civil lawsuits in cases outside the statute of limitations.

The Associated Press reported that more than 2,500 lawsuits have been filed under the law, including against former President Trump, rapper Sean Diddy Combs and actor Russell Brand.

Times writers Seema Mehta and Courtney Subramanian contributed to this report.


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