Former Democrat staffer sues party
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A former staffer at the center of an alleged sex scandal within the North Carolina Democratic Party headquarters filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against the party and its chairman alleging defamation and breach of contract.
Adriadn Ortega was fired by the party in November. He alleged sexual harassment by former North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Director Jay Parmley and both sides reached a confidential settlement.
Parmley denied the harassment allegations, but resigned when news of the settlement became public in April, saying he did not want to become a distraction in an important election year.
After Parmley resigned, top North Carolina Democratic officials - including Governor Bev Perdue and Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton also called for Party Chairman David Parker to step aside.
Parker initially said he would, but then won reelection at a state party meeting.
In Ortega's lawsuit filed Thursday, he alleges that in a news conference Parker violated the terms of the confidential settlement by talking about the allegations. It also claims Parker called Ortega a liar and an extortionist who made up the allegations to make money off the party.
"When somebody as powerful as the chairman of the state Democratic Party takes to the airwaves and says that you have engaged in extortion, that you are a liar, and that you can't be trusted. What would that be worth to you and your reputation? So we are going to leave it to a jury to decide. But I certainly think this conduct by Mr. Parker and the Democratic Party is egregious and I think my client is entitled to damages," offered Ortega's attorney Kieran Shanahan.
Officials with the Democratic Party have not yet responded to the lawsuit.
However, RNC Spokesman Matt Connelly released this statement: "Today's developments confirm that North Carolina will continue to be a mess for the Democratic Party and President Obama through the Democratic National Convention and up until election day."
inside politics, shae crisson
- Three arrested in north Raleigh murder
- First Alert Doppler XP
- LIVE North Carolina Weather Radar
- Like ABC11 on Facebook
- Okla. storms hit close to home for some
- Lightning sparks Raleigh apartment fire
- Candidates for Wake superintendent narrowed to 3
- Request for mistrial in McNeill case denied
- Forensic expert reads emails from Janet Abaroa
- OTRC: 'Dancing With The Stars' - who won season 16?
- NC attorney general warns of disaster relief scams
- Parents push to get Enloe students back in school
- Good Samaritan law intended to save lives
- Michael Jordan: Bobcats changing name to Hornets