PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has testified for a former housing director suing the city of Philadelphia over his firing.

Plaintiff Carl Greene is seeking nearly $1 million in lost wages and benefits, plus damages, after his 2010 firing from the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

In opening statements Tuesday, a city attorney said Greene was fired after a flurry of sexual-harassment complaints — and secret settlements — cost the agency nearly $1 million.

And he says Greene was facing foreclosure, an embarrassment for an agency trying to collect rent from public housing residents.

Greene’s lawyer says he was fired over a political feud with board Chairman John Street, a former mayor.

Rendell, another former mayor, says he hired Greene and credits him with vast improvements in the city’s public housing stock.

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