Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber submits response to sexual harassment lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber responded to a sexual harassment lawsuit pending against him.

Yarber’s attorney, M. Judith Barnett submitted the response Monday.

Yarber is asking that the court dismisses the complaint that Kim Bracey filed against him and the City of Jackson. The lawsuit alleged that Bracey was forced to continue a sexual relationship with Yarber to keep her job as an assistant.

Bracey claimed that Yarber hired her as an Executive Assistant to the Mayor in April 2014. In Yarber’s response, he admitted that she was hired as his assistant, but he claims that shortly after her hiring, she was required to directly report to Beatrice Slaughters for the rest of her tenure.

In the response, Yarber denied having a sexual relationship with Bracey.

The response also included a counterclaim against Bracey. The complaint alleges that Bracey falsely accused Yarber of sexual harassment. He alleges that Bracey defamed his character.

He is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed and he wants to be compensated for his attorney fees and court costs.

Read Yarber’s response here.



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