THE Hong Kong businessman being sued in America for allegedly sexually harassing a female employee and then unlawfully sacking her vehemently denied the allegations last week. Howard Yeung Ping-leung was giving testimony in a case brought by American Grace George, 49, at the San Francisco Superior Court in California. Mr Yeung, a director of King Fook Holdings, a jewellery business in Des Voeux Road, Central, said he had never personally harassed Ms George and had never witnessed others doing so. Ms George said Mr Yeung had wanted her desk at the San Francisco offices, where he ran other companies including Yeung Chi Shing Estates Ltd and YCS Inc, to be positioned so he could see her. She said he would stare at her all the time. Ms George claimed Mr Yeung kept her at his beck and call day and night, asking her to pick him up at the airport late at night. But with these increased expectations came no increase in pay. She described a time when Mr Yeung bought her a new office computer and used the opportunity to put his hand on her leg as he was showing her how to use it. She said she pushed him away and faced his moody silence for the rest of the day. Ms George went on to describe how she attended a San Francisco festival with another employee of the company, Chung Kit-man, and the former mayor of the San Francisco borough, Hayward, Frank Giuliani. She said Mr Yeung ordered her to go to the festival and 'be very, very nice to Mayor Giuliani'. Ms George contended Mr Yeung needed the then-mayor's support in building a project in Hayward. She said the mayor supposedly liked her and wanted to date her. She said she was used as the carrot on a stick for the mayor to chase. The mayor continued to call Ms George after the festival to see if she had changed her mind about a date. He was quoted by Ms George as saying: 'Howard tries to put me with the hookers but I have better taste than that. I think you're a beautiful woman, I like you.' Ms George described how at a French restaurant, Mr Giuliani introduced her as his girlfriend to others in the party. She said she quickly protested but he continued to touch her with his foot under the table. Mr Chung was quoted as telling Ms George to be the mayor's girlfriend or Mr Yeung would be angry. She said Mr Yeung offered her gifts to go out with the mayor. Ms George said Mr Yeung also wanted to take her out. When she protested she was too old for him, Mr Yeung allegedly said: 'If you're too old for me, you're too old for the job.' Ms George said Mr Yeung offered her a US$50,000 sable coat to sleep with him, plus a promotion and more money. Giving evidence, Mr Yeung disputed attorney Robert Knox's assertion that Mr Chung was sexually harassing Ms George. He admitted firing Mr Chung and replacing him with a man called Steve Miller. He said he never made any sexual advances to Ms George and never saw any employee make sexual advances to her or any other employee of YCS Inc. Mr Yeung said Ms George's primary duties were to take notes and calls, and to make travel arrangements. He said he headed 30 companies. He described Ms George as incapable of making important managerial decisions and said Mr Miller made the decision to fire her. He said he never received a complaint from Ms George about sexual harassment, nor had he from any YCS Inc employee.