The pair had plans to move in together at Steven's large house, which she rented from Portland's former police chief, Ron Sill, the lawyer said. Druella bought bedroom furniture and a washer and dryer, but soon, according to Neidig, Stevens became uncomfortable with their relationship and broke it off, returning the appliances.
But Neidig said the most egregious offense occurred when Druella filed charges with police and they defamed Stevens in the affidavit, calling the case: "Gypsies and Fortune Telling Fraud."
"That was pretty doggone racist," he said. "Gypsy is a pejorative term of slang that is placed on these people. My client is pretty offended by this."
Neidig said police characterized Gypsies as "swindlers and fraudulent."
He also alleged that police raided Stevens' house under false pretenses, "concocting" a story with her landlord that the insurance company needed to inspect the property so that they could gain access.
With a search warrant, police later confiscated all her financial records and journals, he said. This week a Multnomah County judge refused to return them to Stevens for two months until the investigation is complete.
"She needs to file her taxes," Neidig said."She is very upset. This whole thing has cost her a lot of money."
Stevens has not ruled out filing a lawsuit against the police for violating landlord-tenant laws, the lawyer said.
As for Druella, "He's obviously got mental health issues and maybe poor judgment," Neidig said. "Now he's trying to smear Cathy Stevens for his own decisions."
But Druella contends he was an easy target for Stevens.
"She was playing on my history," he said. "She knew completely what to do. I was scared for my life."
Druella said he came to his senses when Stevens asked him to help persuade two other clients "how wonderful she was" and "how they needed her."
"The first woman had two children and was gay and had been through a break-up," he said. "[Stevens] asked this woman to get her a tabernacle, and this woman was not ritually abused and exposed to Satanism."
Stevens allegedly tried the same tack with a second, professional woman.
Druella said he approached each of the women and told them to "get the hell out of here."
"The business woman who dealt with finance was utterly humiliated, too embarrassed to report it to the police," he said. "The gay woman was suicidal -- she had given her the last $200 she had for her children's Christmas presents."
Druella said he, too, was ashamed that he fell for Stevens, but was comforted when a sympathetic police detective told him: "This isn't about intelligence. It's about being vulnerable, so stop beating on yourself."
Druella said his life crisis is now resolved, but no thanks to Stevens.
"I knew when I stepped forward it was going to be ugly," he said. "I knew what people would say about me. They can be very cruel. But I had to say something. It's been profoundly difficult, but it was my choice and the right thing to do."
Druella said he won't ever seek psychic advice again.
"One of the big lessons I learned is we all carry our own wisdom inside ourselves," he said. "You don't have to go outside to find it. You just have got to figure things out for yourself sometimes."