Looks like Jesse Jackson can be kind of a jerk sometimes…
A former associate and staff member of the Rainbow Coalition accuses Jesse Jackson of sexual discrimination for actions he committed while he was working for Jackson. Tommy Bennett is filing a lawsuit claiming that he was instructed to bring women to Jackson’s room and was even mocked and harassed by Jackson himself.
He goes on to claim that some even refused to work under him and asked for God to rid them of “homosexual spirits” in the office while Bennett was present. More embarrassingly, Bennett claims he was instructed to clean up in Jackson’s hotel rooms after he’d have sex with random women. Finally, Bennett even claims that Jackson tried to make him apply ointment on his lower thigh. When he refused, Jackson allegedly called him a “little motherfawker”.
In damning evidence that is sure to get the most headlines, Jackson allegedly wore only briefs and made sexual advances at Bennett while describing a time he got oral sex from a teacher. Here’s the official statement from Jackson and co.:
“The organization does not condone or tolerate discrimination in any form,” the statement said. “His inflammatory allegations are an attempt to malign Rev. Jackson and the organization, and are hurtful and harmful to the progressive community. We are fully cooperating with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and expect to be fully exonerated.”
You can read the full legal document here.