Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber responded to a sexual harassment lawsuit with both barrels blazing today. Mayor Yarber answered Kimberly Bracey's federal complaint and then filed a counterclaim against her for defamation. Mrs. Bracey was Mayor Yarber's executive assistant and is married to Santore Bracey.
Mayor Yarber charged in his counterclaim:
At all times material and relevant, the Counter-Defendant made numerous false and defamatory statements concerning Counter-Plaintiff.Mayor Yarber also sued Mrs. Bracey for abuse of process and stated:
19. That at all times material and relevant, said statements were unprivileged and were published to third parties.
20. At all times material and relevant, said statements were made with malice, recklessness and with knowledge that said statements were false.
21. The actions of the Counter-Defendant constitute defamation.
22. That as a direct and proximate result of said defamation, Counter-Plaintiff has been caused to suffer damages of a personal and pecuniary nature, including but not limited to out of pocket expenses, damage to reputation, attorney’s fees, and other damages to be proven at trial.
13. That the filing of the Complaint and the filing and service of the Amended Complaint containing false allegations against the Counter-Plaintiff by the Counter-Defendant is a malicious perversion of a regularly issued civil process, for a purpose and to obtain a result not lawfully warranted or properly attainable thereby.
14. That the actions of the Counter-Defendant were done with the intent to abuse the privileges of the legal system.
He seeks an unspecified amount of damages. The Mayor's answer to the complaint contained the standard denials that are usually found in such responses. However, the Mayor claimed that Mrs. Bracey "falsely" alleged in her complaint that she had a sexual relationship with the Mayor and that the Mayor had "numerous sexual relationships with other women" during his tenure as Mayor.
Mrs. Bracey sued the Mayor in August and made several salacious allegations. The complaint mentioned strippers, fundraisers, and even body-paint. She stated that she had an affair with the Mayor after he performed the wedding ceremony with her and her husband. However, she claimed that she feared retaliation when she tried to end the affair.
Attorney Nick Norris represents Kimberly Bracey while attorney Judy Barnett represents Mayor Yarber. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, III.
Documents posted below:
Page 1: Answer
Page 12: First amended complaint
Page 21: First complaint
Page 29: EEOC letter