Jackson's mayor denied every claim in a sexual harassment suit filed against him in August — from his alleged relationship with a former assistant to an Atlanta party allegedly thrown for him and attended by "strippers wearing only body paint."
Not only did Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber call those and other claims "false" and "defamatory," he countersued.
The "statements were made with malice, recklessness and with knowledge that said statements were false," the countersuit states.
Kimberly Bracey, Yarber's former assistant, said she engaged in a sexual relationship with the mayor shortly after Jacksonians elected him in 2014. Then, when she tried to break it off, Yarber coerced her into continuing a relationship "by making it clear that she could be terminated if she did not have sex with him," the federal complaint alleges.
Yaber's attorney, Judith Barnett, wrote in the response that Yarber hired Bracey as his assistant in April 2014 but that he quickly gave her another position and supervisor within the mayor's office.
Yarber's response then denies each claim in Bracey's complaint, including that they had a sexual relationship, "numerous sexual relationships with other women," strip club outings in Atlanta, and scandalous parties held at the homes of Georgia businesswoman Mitzi Bickers and her friend.
Bracey also alleged she was told to "watch the door where Mayor Yarber and one of the strippers went in to be alone" and was later asked to encourage other women to "give Defendant Yarber oral sex in exchange for guaranteed employment."
Bracey asked that she be granted reinstatement or future wages in lieu of reinstatement, back pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorney's fees.
Bracey's complaint containing these allegations, Barnett wrote, is a "malicious perversion of a regularly issued civil process."
"The actions of (Bracey) were done with the intent to abuse the privileges of the legal system," Barnett wrote in the counter claim. "(Yarber) has been caused to suffer damages of a personal and pecuniary nature, including but not limited to out of pocket expenses, damage to reputation, attorney's fees, and other damages to be proven at trial."
Barnett also answered the complaint by suggesting Yarber is not responsible for "any damages suffered by" Bracey.
"Any such damages were the result of (Bracey's) own acts, omissions and/or the acts or omissions of third parties for which (Yarber) has no legal responsibility," the response states.
Yarber did not return The Clarion-Ledger's call Tuesday for comment.