State lawmaker from Local 6 area faces sexual harassment accusations


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Another Kentucky state lawmakers faces sexual harassment accusations.

State Representative Will Coursey denies the allegations made against him by a capitol worker.  The Democrat represents the 6th District covering portions of Lyon, Marshall and McCracken Counties.

The Courier-Journal reports Nicole Cusic alleges she was punished when she complained to Coursey about his behavior.  The paper reports that behavior included Coursey trying to date office interns, telling inappropriate jokes and making inappropriate statements about a Legislative Research Staff member.  After she spoke up, Cusic says she was moved to a different office.

In a phone interview with the newspaper, Coursey said, "I can tell you 100 percent, there have been no inappropriate conversations."

Cusic's attorney, Thomas Clay, says his client plans to file a lawsuit against the Legislative Research Commission and its former director, Bobby Sherman.

Coursey is the second lawmaker to be accused of sexual harassment in a month and a half.  Sturgis Democract, former Representative John Arnold, also faced allegations that eventually led to his resignation.