DETROIT (AP) -- A teenager who says ex-Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh made sexual advances toward him is suing Pugh and the city's school district in federal court.
According to the complaint filed Thursday, Pugh sent suggestive texts and spent money on the teen as part of a sexual grooming plan. The boy's lawyer, Bill Seikaly, says Detroit Public Schools failed to protect his client from Pugh.
Pugh met the teen through a school leadership forum.
DPS spokesman Steven Wasko said Friday the district hasn't been served with a complaint, but as with any litigation "will vigorously defend the claims against it."
In a recent TV interview, Pugh denied asking or forcing the boy to do anything.
He resigned from the council and has been working as a waiter in New York.