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Another female ex-employee of KBR has come forward to claim that
she was raped while working for the military contracting company
According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Houston Wednesday,
Anna Mayo was working at KBR's facility in Balad in November
2009 when she was assaulted by an unnamed rapist who worked for
KBR. She charges that she was choked unconscious with a rope,
beaten and raped. The suit seeks damages from KBR and from
KBR subsidiary Service Employees International Inc., the
contractor that employed Mayo from 2008 to 2009.
Without releasing the name of the victim, an Army spokesman
confirmed that the military has investigated an alleged sexual
assault that occurred at the time and place specified in Mayo's suit.
In 2009, Tracy Barker won a $3 million judgment against KBR in
arbitration over an alleged sexual assault in 2005 at a KBR-run
camp in Iraq. A lawsuit filed by Jamie Leigh Jones alleging that
she was gang-raped at a different facility in 2005 is still pending.
Attorney Todd Kelly, who filed the new complaint on behalf of Mayo
and also represents Jones, said that up to 20 women have contacted
his office alleging sexual harassment or assault while working for
the contractor or at KBR installations overseas. "From the stories
that I am hearing from the women that are coming back," said
Kelly, "and stories that I have heard from men that have reported
these incidents, there does not appear to be any change in how KBR
treats these victims or disciplines their employees."
KBR spokeswoman Heather Browne said that the company takes
Mayo's allegations very seriously, and that "a thorough
investigation is underway," but that the alleged assailant in the case
was not a KBR employee.
Browne said it was inappropriate for the company to comment
further on Mayo's allegations because of a pending criminal
investigation, but added that KBR "maintains strong and effective
sexual harassment prevention and reporting programs."
According to the complaint, Mayo was 26 when she signed a
contract with Service Employees International Inc. (SEII) on
October 31, 2008.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2008, Mayo lived and worked at Joint Base,
Balad, Iraq. She lived in a converted shipping container and worked
the night shift at the base.
On Nov. 27, 2009, according to the complaint, she was awakened by
a knock at about 10:30 a.m. She allowed a man into her room,
believing that he was a maintenance department employee. The
man left after a few minutes after allegedly claiming he had
checked her bathroom. She reported his visit to the supervisor of the
Operations and Maintenance Department, who told her that he was
not supposed to have entered her room.
Three days later, the same individual came back, entered her room
and began beating her, according to the complaint. He allegedly
slammed the door closed when she tried to escape. She fought with
him, and bit him, but he allegedly placed a rope around her neck
and tightened it until she lost consciousness.
Mayo's complaint says that she woke up to
find that she was being raped. The assailant
beat her when she tried to crawl away,
according to the complaint, tied her hands
behind her back and smothered her with his
hands and an item of clothing until she
passed out again.
The complaint was filed with photos that show bruises and
abrasions to Mayo's face, arm and neck. Mayo's attorney, Todd
Kelly, said he had spoken to the Army's Criminal Investigation
Command (CID) and that the Army had identified a suspect in the
case. The complaint alleges that the unnamed rapist was an
employee of KBR -- which KBR denies -- "working in either
billeting or maintenance" at the Balad base. He is also referred to
in the complaint as an "SCW," or subcontract worker, meaning
that he could have been a worker for a company doing contract
work for KBR.
Christopher Grey, a spokesman for CID, confirmed that CID had
conducted and completed a criminal investigation "into an alleged
sexual assault that reportedly happened on 30 Nov. at the Balad
base in Iraq." He said he would not confirm names of sexual
assault victims and would not confirm the identity of the victim in
this alleged incident. Grey said CID had turned over the findings
"to the appropriate commander and legal authorities for
In the cases of Tracy Barker and Jamie Leigh Jones, KBR
maintains that the available evidence does not support their claims
of sexual assault. KBR's Heather Browne told ABC News in an
email in 2009 that "at no time has Ms. Barker's claim of rape ever
been confirmed." KBR challenged the award to Tracy Barker and
has asked that it be modified.
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KBR has also challenged Jamie Leigh Jones's version of events.
"There are significant discrepancies between Ms. Jamie Leigh
Jones' claims against KBR and the facts pertaining to her
allegations," said the company in a statement. The statement said a
KBR firefighter has reported having consensual sex with Jones on
the night in question, but "is certain" no one else had sexual
contact with Jones on that night.
Kelly said he does not believe KBR can assert no assault occurred
in the Mayo case because of the photographic evidence and the
Army's investigation. "I don't think there's going to be any
significant argument that she was not brutally raped."
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The lawsuit also names Halliburton, the contracting company that
once owned KBR, as a defendant. At one time SEII, Mayo's
employer, was a subsidiary of Halliburton. A spokeswoman for
Halliburton said that when Halliburton spun off KBR in 2007, SEII
was a subsidiary of KBR, and there is no current corporate
relationship between Halliburton and SEII.
Anna Mayo's lawsuit
is the latest in a
series against the
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