Charles Bell, a former employee of hotel magnate Leona Helmsley who is suing her on charges of antigay bias, admitted to a New York City court on Wednesday that he lied on his resume when he applied for a job at one of Helmsley's hotels, Newsday reports. Bell, 48, said his resume falsely reported that he had been a general manager of a hotel and that he had received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He had actually worked as food and beverage manager at Miami Beach, Fla.'s Delano Hotel, where he claimed to have been general manager, and he had completed only two years of college. "It was a mistake, sir," said Bell, who admitted he "beefed up his resume" and "embellished it" in an attempt to make himself look better. "I should not have done it."
Bell, a former general manager of Helmsley's Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan, is suing Helmsley for $40 million, saying she verbally harassed him and fired him in 2001 upon learning that he is gay. Helmsley denies the allegation.