Lawsuit filed against Rep. Coursey


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

FRANKFORT, Ky. - An attorney for a legislative staffer has filed a lawsuit against Kentucky Rep. Will Coursey.

The Courier-Journal reports that the lawsuit was filed by Thomas Clay, an attorney from Louisville.

The lawsuit accuses Coursey, a Democrat from Symsonia, of retaliating against Nicole Cusic by moving her to a different office after Cusic complained about Coursey's treatment of interns. Cusic works with the Legislative Research Commission.

Clay also filed suit on behalf of two staffers against Rep. John Arnold, who resigned his seat in September amid allegations of sexual harrassment.

Mark Edwards, Representative Coursey's attorney, issued Local 6 the following response to the lawsuit.

The defamatory allegations being made by the plaintiff are baseless and without merit.  The complaint mentions vague accusations and anonymous witnesses.  Nobody with whom I have spoken ever heard the plaintiff complain about my client until these allegations were made public last week.  I am aware of no one else who shared the suite with Representative Coursey,  who heard any inappropriate comments or witnessed any inappropriate behavior from Representative Coursey.

The complaint alleges conduct which occurred in February of 2012.  Cusic moved to a Republican senate suite about one year ago.  According to the information we have, the allegations were made after the plaintiff worked in that Republican suite for about one year, and only after she consulted with  Republican officials.  Speculation and allegations are cheap but the truth is dear.

We are going to aggressively defend Representative Coursey's good name and reputation.

If Ms. Cusic was shunned or if she felt any embarrassment or humiliation, as she alleges in her complaint, it was not the result of my client's action.

I look forward to deposing the plaintiff, her anonymous witnesses and the Republican officials with whom she met  at the earliest opportunity.  While I have great confidence in the press, i look forward to defending these baseless allegations in court.