An anonymous woman claims Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee fired her after she accused Damien Jones, the congresswoman’s former Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) employee, of rape.

In a lawsuit filed against Jackson Lee, the woman involved, recognized as Jane Doe, says she was interning for the CBCF in 2015 when Jones, a former CBCF intern coordinator, raped her in his home, per Roll Call. 

According to Fox News, Doe reported the assault to police but did not seek legal action at the time. AJ+ says she was 19 years old at the time. 

In 2017, when Doe began working for Jackson Lee, she learned that Jones applied for a position in the office and alerted the congresswoman’s chief of staff, Glenn Rushing, of the incident, KXAN wrote. Doe was fired a few weeks later.

Now, Doe is suing. She believes her role was terminated due to her choice to come forward. However, Lee’s office rejects this notion. 

“Although the Congresswoman is eager to respond substantively, she will do so only at the appropriate time, as the court docket dictates. The Congresswoman is confident that, once all of the facts come to light, her Office will be exonerated of any retaliatory or otherwise improper conduct and this matter will be put to rest,” Jackson Lee’s office said in a statement reviewed by BuzzFeed News. “While we still deny the allegations, we are especially concerned about Ms. Doe and only want the best for her and the many, many young people that the Congressional office has supported, encouraged and provided opportunities for over 20 years.”

The Texas Tribune reports Doe is seeking $75,000 in her lawsuit against Jackson Lee’s office.


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