Mark Edwards filed the answer Friday in Franklin Circuit Court in response to an Oct. 1 complaint filed by Louisville attorney Thomas Clay on behalf of Nicole Cusic.
Cusic, an employee of the Legislative Research Commission who once worked for Coursey, alleges that he made sexually harassing comments about interns and LRC employees. She further alleges that when she complained to Coursey about his comments, he retaliated against her by having her transferred from the House Democratic office to the Republican Senate office.
Also named in Cusic’s complaint are the LRC and its former director, Bobby Sherman.
In the answer, Coursey denies Cusic’s allegations and asks the court to dismiss the case. He alleges that:
n “Because of the plaintiff’s conduct in bragging about her sexual exploits and describing them in detail that nothing said in her presence would be considered sexually harassing to her, and further, any comments, which she considers to be sexually harassing were brought upon her by her own conduct.”
n The damages alleged of being shunned, humiliated, degraded, alienated and constantly uncomfortable are the result of her own actions in describing, in detail, her sexual exploits in front of other LRC workers, representatives, senators and visitors.
Edwards’ answer on behalf of Coursey, demands the complaint be dismissed and that the plaintiff recover nothing; a trial by jury; court costs and expenses including attorney’s fees.
The answer also claims the plaintiff’s complaint fails to “state a claim against Coursey for which relief may be granted;” that the claim was filed after the statute of limitations “and is time barred and must be dismissed;” and that Cusic failed to plead any employment action that was adverse to her.