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Sheila Jackson Lee to step down after rape allegations made public – report

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Sheila Jackson Lee to step down after rape allegations made public – report

Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Representative and chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as well as chair of a congressional subcommittee, is reportedly resigning from her prominent positions as chairwoman amid allegations that she retaliated against a staffer who reported a rape, according to The Daily Caller.

As Red Blue Divide previously reported, Lee is being sued by a staffer who alleged that she was raped by a supervisor in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation according to BuzzFeed News.

Lee will leave as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and temporarily leave her position as chair of a House Judiciary subcommittee.

According to the defendant who brought the charges against Lee, the rape occurred in October of 2015 when she was a 19-year-old intern for the CBCF and was perpetrated by Damien Jones, who was the intern coordinator.

“NEW: A lawsuit claims Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee retaliated against a staffer who planned to sue the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation over an alleged rape”

Doe said that she reported her version of events to the police and told several people, including Representative Terri Sewell, who was a former boss and a distant relative. She did not, whoever, peruse legal action at that time.

Several years later, Doe was working for Lee, who is the chair of the board of the CBCF when she decided that she did want to peruse legal action, and told Lee’s chief of staff in early 2018, Glenn Rushing.

According to Doe, she asked to speak to Lee, but was not allowed to do so, and was fired several weeks later.

Jones did not return BuzzFeed’s request for comment, and while he is no longer working at the CBCF, he is still working in Democratic politics, working recently on Beto O’Rourke’s Senate Campaign.

O’Rourke’s spokesperson, Chris Evans, told BuzzFeed News, “The Beto for Texas campaign was absolutely not aware of these allegations until today and no longer has a relationship with Damien Jones.”

According to Lee’s camp, Rushing told BuzzFeed that, “We had nothing to do with any of the actions that have been cited and the person was not wrongfully terminated.”

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