A Philly lawyer for sexual abuse victims leaves firm after found to be in sexual relationship with client

The Philadelphia Inquirer


Brian Kent left his firm after a confidential complaint lodged by a former client was publicized by a YouTuber called “The Rabbit.” The Inquirer has verified the authenticity of the document.

Brian Kent had established himself in Philadelphia’s legal community as a go-to personal injury lawyer for survivors of sexual abuse, with clients that included people abused by Jerry Sandusky, the Church of Scientology, Pornhub, Massage Envy, and the Southern Baptist Church.

Kent, a former Montgomery County prosecutor, received the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s civilian leadership award. He served on the board of Child USA, a think tank that combats child abuse.

In the last two weeks, however, Kent left Laffey, Bucci & Kent, the Center City law firm that he cofounded, and separated from the board of Child USA, which on Friday called for a criminal investigation into the lawyer.

The sudden departures are the result of a leak of a confidential complaint filed with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania that accuses the prominent lawyer of engaging in a sexual relationship with a client, in violation of the rules of professional conduct for lawyers in the state.

The complaint, which appears to have first been publicized this month by a YouTuber known as “The Rabbit,” was filed in November 2022 by two Philadelphia lawyers on behalf of the client whom Kent had represented. She is identified in the complaint only as “Jane Doe” and is a survivor of sexual abuse.

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