Coursey named in sexual harassment complaint
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House District 6 Rep. Will Coursey of Marshall County has been accused of sexual harassment by a state Capitol worker, it was reported Wednesday.

The worker, Nicole Cusic, claims she was punished when she complained about Coursey’s behavior and was transferred to a different job.

Louisville attorney Thomas Clay said Cusic, his client, will file suit against the Legislative Research Commission and its former director, Bobby Sherman.

Sherman resigned Sept. 20, citing the stress he endured during an internal review of sexual harassment complaints lodged against Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis. Arnold, who had held the District 7 seat since 1995, resigned Sept. 13.

Legislative workers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper, who lodged the complaints against Arnold, are also represented by Cusic’s attorney, Clay.

Gannett Newspapers reported that Cusic said Coursey repeatedly tried to date interns in his office, told inappropriate jokes and make inappropriate statements about an LRC staff member.

Coursey denied the accusation.

“I can tell you 100 percent, there have been no inappropriate conversations,” he said, according to a report published in the Louisville Courier-Journal and Northern Kentucky Post in Cincinnati, both Gannett-owned newspapers.

Coursey, 34, who has a Symsonia rural route address, lives in western Marshall County. He was elected in 2008 to the seat held by long-time representative J.R. Gray of Benton.

District 6 includes Lyon and Marshall counties and part of McCracken County.
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