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In 1991, Christine Romalotti went to work at a prestigious law firm for hotshot lawyer Michael Baldwin. The charming Baldwin took her under his wing guiding and training her. At first, Chris was appreciative until he kissed her one day after a court victory. When he suggested a more "friendly" relationship in exchange for her moving up in the hierarchy, she began making inquiries at the firm about sexual harassment. The promotion disappeared and Chris filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.
She also learned that he had done the same to several other women including her neighbor Hilary Lancaster.
In 1992, to make himself look better, Michael wooed and married his old flame Hilary. But he still had his eye on Chris and, when she and Danny Romalotti broke up, Michael asked her to accompany him on a business trip to Los Angeles. Once there, he made sexual advances. Chris (whose breakup with Danny was staged) caught Michael's behavior on audio tape, he was fired and Hilary left him.
He quickly got a job at another prestigious firm but Christine went to their disciplinary committee who agreed to hear a case against him. Michael wasn't going to go down without a fight. He claimed Chris had entrapped him by continuing to work at the firm after leaving his employ.
In 1993, Michael paid a woman named Rebecca to drug Danny's tea and get photos of her and Danny appearing to be having sex to show that Danny and Christine's marriage wasn't as happy as they claimed. Later Rebecca was found dead in her apartment just after we saw Michael threatening her not to blackmail him. But all was for naught because Michael was found guilty of sexual harassment and lost his job. Hilary divorced him and left town.
Michael apologized to Christine and announced his plans to leave town. His real plans were much more sinister. While Danny was out of town performing, Michael bluffed his way into Hilary's empty apartment and got into Christine's apartment by digging a hole in the wall where he hid in the closet waiting to attack her.
- Michael Baldwin (divorced)