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by khou.com & The Associated Press
Posted on July 8, 2011 at 3:32 PM
HOUSTON – A federal jury on Friday ruled that a woman who sued KBR over an alleged sexual assault in Iraq was not raped, and the company did not commit fraud.
Jamie Leigh Jones sued KBR, its Houston-based former parent company Halliburton and KBR firefighter Charles Bortz, who she claimed led an attack on her while she worked for KBR at Camp Hope in Baghdad in 2005.
Jones’ attorney, Ron Estefan, told jurors during closing arguments that KBR had neglected to enforce its policies against sexual harassment by its contract workers in Iraq, which facilitated Jones’ rape.
Estefan asked the jury to award his client as much as 5 percent of KBR’s net worth in actual or punitive damages, which would have been more than $114 million.
“It’s a lot of money, but it’s a lot of harm that was caused to her,” he told jurors. (click HERE for the rest of the article)
I have to add, I’m so sorry Jamie lost, this is a sad day for other KBR victims! ~ Ms Sparky
Jurors weigh lawsuit against KBR over alleged rape
JESSICA PRIEST – (HOUSTON CHRONICLE) – July 7, 2011 – Attorneys for a woman who says she was drugged and gang-raped while working in Iraq for defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root said in closing statements Thursday that the company gave the green light for other employees to commit similar offenses by neglecting to enforce its sexual harassment policies as far back as the late 1990s.
Jamie Leigh Jones’ attorney, Ron Estefan, told jurors that KBR had known it had a problem with sexual harassment since 1998 because it specifically hired a consultant to correct it. He said the company subsequently fired Jones when fixing the problem became too costly.
“The minute they made the decision not to enforce its rules, they cast the first die,” Estefan said.
Jones, 26, sued KBR and company firefighter Charles Boartz over the incident she alleged occurred in 2005 while she was stationed at the company’s Camp Hope installation in Iraq. She also is accusing the Houston-based firm of creating a “sexually hostile working environment” by neglecting to enforce its sexual harassment policies.
Lawyers for KBR and Boartz, the lone man accused of the rape by name, accused Jones of making up the attack, pointing out that doctors’ tests showed no sign of drugs in her system after the alleged incident.
“I know it might make a better manuscript … to tell the story that Jamie was gang-raped and locked in a shipping container, but I am asking you to reject that fiction,” defense lawyer Joanne Vorpahl told jurors in closing statements.
Jury deliberations near on Iraq rape allegations
(The Associated Press) – HOUSTON – July 7, 2011 – Attorneys are scheduled to deliver their closing arguments to a federal jury in Houston in the civil case of a former military contractor who says co-workers raped her in 2005 as she worked in Iraq.
Arguments are scheduled for Thursday in the lawsuit that Jamie Leigh Jones filed against Houston-based KBR Inc., ex-parent Halliburton Co. and a former KBR co-worker she says raped her. All deny Jones’ allegations.
Jones says she was attacked while working for KBR at Camp Hope in Baghdad in 2005. She is seeking unspecified damages from the Houston-based companies, which split in 2007.
The Associated Press usually doesn’t identify people alleging sexual assault, but Jones’ face and name have been in media reports and on her own website. (Click HERE for original article)
Boartz, who said he was interviewed by the State Department two days after the alleged attack, was not questioned as aggressively by KBR as Jones. Boartz also said he was not disciplined by the company for the alleged rape. Boartz said he quit KBR in May 2006, 10 months after Jones’ allegations surfaced
Click HERE for STATE OF FLORIDA vs. BORTZ, CHARLES DAVID JACOB Case no. 2006 MM 003896 S
Click HERE for STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA vs. BORTZ, CHARLES DAVID JACOB Case no. 56970EP
Man named in KBR suit says sex was consensual
Jessica Priest – ( Houston Chronicle) – June 23, 2011 – A former KBR firefighter maintained today that he had consensual sex with a Houston-area woman who claims she was drugged and raped while working for the defense contractor in Iraq.
Jamie Leigh Jones, 26, formerly of Conroe, sued KBR in federal court in May 2007, saying she was raped by several Kellogg Brown & Root firefighters while stationed at KBR’s Camp Hope installation in Baghdad in 2005.
Jones also is accusing the Houston-based firm of creating a “sexually hostile working environment” by neglecting to enforce their sexual harassment policies, according to court documents.
Charles Boartz, 34, the only alleged assailant identified in the suit, told jurors Thursday that he and Jones shared a drink at a party with several KBR employees before she invited him back to her barracks. He said the two had intercourse in her room and in the barrack’s stairwell and that the only time Jones asked him to stop was when she became concerned that he already was seeing another woman.
“I told her I was fine, and we continued,” Boartz said.
“Eye-opening indictment of the way big business spins the media.” —Variety
“Stunning debut … Sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way.” —Washington Post
“Entertaining, informative … vivdly illuminating.” —Hollywood Reporter
When Margaret Mead famously said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” I’m sure even she couldn’t have envisioned a young woman named Jamie Leigh Jones. As a 20-year-old, Jamie experienced some of the worst horrors one could imagine but rather than cower in the corner feeling helpless and defeated, she has used that experience to change the world. Read the remainder of this entry »