Rutherford accuser to file new charges in sex harassment case

2014-06-06T16:09:00Z 2014-06-06T21:26:23Z Rutherford accuser to file new charges in sex harassment caseKurt Erickson Lee Springfield Bureau nwitimes.com
June 06, 2014 4:09 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD | Lawyers for the man accusing state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of sexual harassment say they'll include new allegations against the Republican from Chenoa when they re-file the lawsuit next week.

But, attorneys Dana Kurtz and Christine Svenson would not say Friday what those allegations are in the case brought by former Rutherford employee Edmund Michalowski.

"I can't tell you yet," Svenson said.

"I'd rather get it on file first," added Kurtz.

Their comments came just days after the original case against the treasurer was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow. The judge gave Michalowski until Thursday to refile the suit.

The attorneys said the judge's move was beneficial. Kurtz was recently added to Michalowski's legal team and had asked for more time to respond to Rutherford's request to dismiss the case.

"We actually got what we wanted," Svenson said. "She gave us time to refile and add more counts to the complaints. Which is what we're going to be doing next week."

In his initial lawsuit, Michalowski claimed Rutherford made unwanted sexual advances and asked him to do political work while on state time.

Rutherford says the lawsuit is bogus and was designed to torpedo his bid for governor. The first-term treasurer and former longtime member of the General Assembly came in fourth out of four candidates in the March GOP primary after virtually shutting down his gubernatorial campaign amid Michalowski's claims.

An attorney for Rutherford could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

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