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KBR Says Jamie Leigh Jones Was Asking For It
(note: any reference to 2007 as the year Jamie was raped is incorrect. The year is 2005 and the quoted court documents are being amended )
Jamie Leigh Jones worked for KBR when she was brutally gang raped and imprisoned by co-workers and later rescued by her Texas-based Congressman. Today, KBR dropped its fight to deny her justice. But it’s not all good news.
KBR would like us all to know that, like all rape victims, Jamie Leigh Jones was asking for it, because she had a couple drinks and a pleasant conversation with the man who later raped her. In a press release on their website nauseatingly labeled “Facts About Jamie Leigh Jones Litigation,” they state
Also in Congressional testimony (and in several media interviews), Ms. Jones stated she only took two sips from a drink. However, several witnesses present at the social gathering outside the barracks observed her having several drinks and flirting with one particular firefighter whom she had socialized with the night before. She was also seen leaving the gathering with this firefighter.
The firefighter admits that he and Ms. Jones had consensual sex. However, he is certain that nobody else was present or had sex with Ms. Jones that night.
If you’d like to read Jones’ original filing, you can: she describes in detail being drugged (Oh, wait! Could that be why what she remembers drinking is different than what she was “seen” drinking and why she doesn’t remember leaving with her rapist?) and then waking up bloody and brutalized. To wit:
Tragically, on the evening on July 28, 2007, during her off-duty hours, Jamie was drugged (by what was believed to be Rohypnol) and brutally raped by, on information and belief, several Halliburton/KBR firefighters, including defendant, Charles Boartz, while she was in her room in the barracks. When she awoke the next morning still affected by the drug, she found her body naked and severely bruised, with lacerations to her vagina and anus, blood running down her leg, her breast implants were ruptured, and her pectoral muscles torn – which would later require reconstructive surgery. Upon walking to the rest room, she passed out again. When she returned to the living area, she found Charles Boartz lying in her bottom bed. She asked him what had happened, and he confessed to having unprotected sex with her. Jamie reported the rape to the [sic] Pete Arroyo, one of the operations personnal, who then took her to a KBR medical personnel.
KBR additionally asserts that because she didn’t immediately report the brutalizing rape, charge Boartz and only told Arroyo later that morning, she obviously wasn’t “really” raped.
Halliburton drops high court appeal in rape case
Associated Press – March 22, 2010 4:05 PM ET
HOUSTON (AP) – Halliburton Co. and KBR have withdrawn an appeal asking the Supreme Court to block the trial of a former military contractor from Texas who says she was raped by co-workers in Iraq.
Halliburton confirmed Monday that the appeal was withdrawn, but wouldn’t elaborate.
Jamie Leigh Jones says she was raped while working for KBR in Baghdad in 2005. She later sued KBR and Halliburton, which split in 2007.
Halliburton and KBR had argued that Jones’ case should be settled in arbitration as required by her contract. A lower court ruled it could go to trial, which is set for May 2011.
The Associated Press usually doesn’t name people alleging sexual assault, but Jones’ identity has been broadcast in media reports and on her own Web site. (click HERE for original article)
David Isenberg – Huffington Post
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq (Praeger Security International)
Posted: February 8, 2010 11:54 PM
To paraphrase comedian Henny Youngman’s famous one-liner, take my KBR, please.
After all the bad press U.S. engineering and construction company KBR has received over the years for its operations in Iraq , both during its time as a Halliburton subsidiary and since, one might think it had learned a thing or two about how to avoid sticking its foot in its mouth.
But you would be wrong, As case in point consider the following legal brief KBR filed, which was posted online by the estimable Ms. Sparky — who is to chronicling KBR misdeeds, including those against it own employees, as white is to rice — in regard to the case of Jamie Leigh Jones.
For those who missed this news Ms. Jones is the then 20-year old former KBR/Halliburton worker, who says she was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR coworkers in Baghdad in late July 2005.
The main points are by now well known. She says that just four days after arriving in Iraq she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court against Halliburton and its then-subsidiary KBR, Jones says she was held in the shipping container for at least 24 hours without food or water by KBR, which posted armed security guards outside her door, who would not let her leave.
According to her lawsuit, Jones was raped by “several attackers who first drugged her, then repeatedly raped and injured her, both physically and emotionally.” Jones said that an examination by Army doctors showed she had been raped “both vaginally and anally,” but that the rape kit disappeared after it was handed over to KBR security officers. Read the remainder of this entry »
The blogosphere is all a-buzz about how KBR has trashed rape victim Jamie Jones in their latest and lowest legal maneuver to suppress Jamie’s right to address this issue in court. KBR would insist Jamie address the crime of rape behind the closed doors of some dark dank back room where KBR’s secret arbitration hearings are allegedly held
Latoya Peterson at Jezebel.com wrote an awesome article entitled KBR Claims Crime Was “Distinct Risk” In Jamie Leigh Jones Case
The only thing I have to add to Latoya’s article is the actual 188 page Petition KBR filed with the US Supreme Court. KBR et al v Jamie Leigh Jones this is a good size document so give it a few extra seconds to load.
I find reading legal documents about as exciting as watching paint dry, so I haven’t read it all the way through. Those who have read it in it’s entirety are advising readers pay close attention to the footnotes. Read the remainder of this entry »
Halliburton Asks High Court to Block Trial
Halliburton asks Supreme Court to block trial over claim of rape in Iraq
The Associated Press
Halliburton Co. is asking the Supreme Court to block a Texas woman’s lawsuit alleging she was raped by military contractor co-workers in Iraq.
The company wants the justices to reverse a lower court ruling that Jamie Leigh Jones’ case can go to trial. Jones sued Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR, saying she was raped while working for KBR at Camp Hope, Baghdad, in 2005.
The trial is set to begin in February 2011. Read the remainder of this entry »