Tribune-Courier General Manager
State Representative Will Coursey has chosen his home court for a battle to save his reputation against claims of sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation by Legislation Research Commission (LRC) staffer Nicole Cusic.
Last week Paducah Attorney Mark Edwards filed a countersuit on Coursey’s behalf in Marshall County Circuit Court saying Cusic’s claims were made to harm his political reputation in his home county through dissemination of malicious statements which were reported through local media outlets.
“I will not be intimidated by Ms. Cusic or her big city lawyer, nor will I yield one inch to my partisan political opponents. Rather, I will vigorously fight to clear my name and continue working hard to represent the good people of this community who elected me because I have faith that they know truth and character when they see it,” said Coursey.
The suit states Coursey is a victim of “slanderous, libelous and defamatory statements.” As a result Coursey claims he has suffered emotional stress, humiliation and anxiety. He is seeking a jury trial and unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.
In a press release issued by his attorney last week Coursey said, “Ms. Cusic thinks she sees an opportunity to cash in on other lawsuits previously filed against a retired legislator and the Legislative Research Commission’s former Director by smearing my name and assaulting my character; while my partisan political opponents, with whom Ms. Cusic met before making her outrageously false accusations, think they see an opportunity to do what they have never been able to do at the ballot box.”
Cusic, a former legislative assistant in Coursey’s Frankfort office, filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court earlier this month alleging retaliation when she confronted Coursey about harassing behavior toward female interns of the LRC in February 2012.
The complaint filed by Cusic names the Legislative Research Committee, Bobby Sherman, its former director, and Coursey.