Revolting: KBR aka Halliburton Wants Alleged Gang-Rape Victim to Pay Its $2 Million Legal Fees

Jamie Leigh Jones says she was gang-raped in Iraq while doing business for KBR, the military contractor formerly known as Halliburton. She was not the only person to make such claims—at least four other women accused KBR employees of rape—yet the corporation tried to suppress her case, at least until the jury ruled against her last month

But winning wasn't enough. Now absurd, greedy KBR wants to make her pay, literally. The contractor has filed a lawsuit for $2 million against Jones, claiming the suit she pursued was "frivolous, unreasonable, and groundless." Talking Points Memo:

Jones said there is "nothing frivolous" about her claims, according to the Wall Street Journal, pointing out that a judge let the trial proceed and that the jury deliberated for over 10 hours before it reached its verdict.

Jones' lawyer Todd Kelly told WSJ's Law Blog that his client doesn't have the means to cover KBR's fee request. "They have beaten us and now they are attempting to crush us," he added. "This is an attempt by KBR to chill other people from bringing claims against them."

KBR lawyer Daniel Hedges told the WSJ that the corporation's legal fees were "substantial." And when he says that, we can't help but be reminded of the billions of tax dollars KBR receives from the government to keep its vile operations running. Also, wasn't there a little accounting problem wherein they bilked Americans out of a couple bill? Perhaps they could extract their legal fees from that. 

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at August 23, 2011, 5:58am

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