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Wed October 9, 2013
Will Coursey Likely to File Countersuit in Sexual Harassment Case
Western Kentucky State Representative Will Coursey’s lawyer says the legislator is likely to file a countersuit against claims he sexually harassed a former legislative assistant.
Paducah Attorney Mark Edwards says the Democratic lawmaker denies Nicole Cusic’s allegations that he sexually harassed interns and Legislative Research Commission employees in February 2012.
“According to the things that we’ve been told, the allegations only came up after Cusic was confronted by one of the Republican Senators in that Republican senator suite about a relationship Cusic had with a member of the Democratic leadership at the time, not Will Coursey, and that they were concerned about her working there,” Edwards says. “And upon the advice of the Republican senator, it was suggested to her that she retain counsel.”
Cusic’s lawyer Thomas Clay says other LRC employees agree with her allegations of Coursey’s behavior.
“Our evidence is based not only on what Cusic is says, it’s on what other LRC employees have said as well as current and former House representatives,” Clay says.
Edwards says he is not sure whether Coursey is planning to file either a separate suit or countersuit for defamation, abusive process and malicious prosecution. He has about a week to respond to Cusic’s allegations.