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Former Staffer Files Anti-Gay Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Jesse Jackson and Rainbow PUSH Coalition

A former staffer for Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition has sued Rev. Jesse Jackson, claiming a broad array of anti-gay harassment charges, the Windy City Times reports:

Bennett In a document filled with stunning allegations, Tommy R. Bennett has filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations against the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and the minister's Chicago-based organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, claiming, among other things, harassment and termination on the basis of Bennett's sexual orientation.

The charges against Jackson are graphic, to say the least:

Things allegedly took a more disturbing turn after Bennett also took over the duties of Jackson's travel assistant where Bennett says he was required to perform "humiliating" tasks. According to the complaint, in May 2008 Bennett was not allowed to accompany Jackson to Tanzania because Jackson was allegedly unhappy with the ways Bennett packed his items.

Bennett also claims that he had to escort women to Jackson's room and "clean up his room after sexual intercourse with women. Mr. Bennett believes he was forced to do these tasks due to his sexual orientation," adding that he had to escort women to such places as the Sheraton Hotel in New York and the Wynn Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Bennett claims that he let Jackson know that he "was uncomfortable cleaning up his hotel rooms, escorting women to his hotel room, being summoned to his hotel room after hours or packing his clothes."

Other charges included having to apply cream to Jackson's legs for a rash, a task which Bennett refused, and suggestions intimating Jackson wanted sexual favors:

"Rev. Jackson stated that he played football and there was a gay high school teacher who took Rev. Jackson under his wings and told him that he needed education to go along with football. Rev. Jackson said, '[F]rom that gay teacher, I got a good grade, I got to use his car, I got ten dollars and I got my dick sucked.' Rev. Jackson said, '[T]hat's not gay, that is surviving.'" Bennett alleges this meant Rev. Jackson wanted sex, but that Bennett then left the room.

Bennett's demands?

In a demand letter accompanying the complaint, Bennett said he wanted, among other things, $98,300 for back pay, front pay and loss of benefits; $350,000 for emotional distress and punitive damages; and an amendment of Rainbow PUSH's non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Much more at the Windy City Times...

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  1. Oh dear.

    Posted by: CRISPY | Apr 14, 2011 7:27:44 PM


  2. True or not, gross.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 14, 2011 7:31:01 PM


  3. Oh my, such shocking allegations. He had to apply cream to his leg, and they didn't like the way he packed clothing. As for the story, whether true or not, it hardly would be grounds to claim sexual harassment.

    Posted by: milpert | Apr 14, 2011 7:31:26 PM


  4. DAYUM!

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 14, 2011 7:31:26 PM


  5. Dang Tommy! You never told me it was like that at the office!

    Posted by: DerekWashington | Apr 14, 2011 7:32:16 PM


  6. Dayum indeed! I want so badly to comment but I can't get my jaw off the floor!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Apr 14, 2011 7:41:12 PM


  7. HOT DIGGITY DAYUM...would this be the current liver-spotted jesse jackson or the younger, solid-framed, buck jesse jackson. just sayin'! LOL

    Posted by: redball | Apr 14, 2011 10:19:53 PM


  8. It's about time someone brought down this race baiting pig! Get ready for a smear campaign against Bennett by the leftard's. How dare Bennett expose the lying hypocrite Jackson. He will be discredited and smeared by the gay community and the left press. I feel sorry for the guy. I hope he wins though, just to see Jackson get his comeuppance!

    Posted by: Trev | Apr 14, 2011 10:26:21 PM


  9. and the racist trolls have begun! right on cue.

    arthur, you are clearly a nobel-prize winning scientist. thank you for fallaciously extrapolating the misfortunes of a single human being (yourself) into a national phenomenon. LOL! byebye

    Posted by: redball | Apr 14, 2011 10:26:54 PM


  10. Things have gotten so real. SO real.

    Honestly, I believe him. Why would he publicly release this information if it isn't true? This is something I want to see play out further before fully judging. Of course, I do not want to joke too much about this serious situation of potential homophobic bias.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 14, 2011 11:30:24 PM


  11. Yeaaa, I don't really believe this. It seems to be coming across as he's angry he got fired, so he's making up stories and trying to get $$$

    Posted by: deanybeany | Apr 14, 2011 11:53:11 PM


  12. jackson's had his name dragged through the mud before. he really doesn't need this. too sad. oh, well.

    Posted by: dh | Apr 15, 2011 12:37:51 AM


  13. This is too much foolywang going here...GURL This better have an ounce of truth to it...OR YOUR DONE!

    Posted by: Chris DaChocolatebearcub | Apr 15, 2011 1:40:09 AM


  14. As a highly respected and trusted world leader, Reverend Jackson has acted many times as an international diplomat in sensitive situations. For example, in 1984 Reverend Jackson secured the release of captured Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman from Syria, and the release of 48 Cuban and Cuban-American prisoners in Cuba.

    Posted by: Complaint Letters | Apr 15, 2011 6:08:47 AM


  15. @Chrisdachocolatebearcub

    OK, now when you see that I couldn't say a word, you KNOW this story is just too many things for me...in fact, it's a bit much.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 15, 2011 6:38:49 AM


  16. Maybe this is true. Maybe it isn't. Maybe part of it is true (he probably didn't pack suitcases well, which is not a violation of the law)

    What is true is that across the country, tens of thousands of charges are filed with the EEOC or various similar state or city agencies. Also true is that the vast majority of these complaints are not true or vastly exaggerated. Of course, some of these complaints are true.

    Just because someone says something, doesnt make it true, especially when the person making the complaint stands to pursue tens of thousands of dollars or even millions.

    FYI- the false accuser in the Duke Lacrosse case allegedly stabbed her boyfriend who just died.

    Just remember "innocent until proven guilty," no matter who is accused. Whether a liberal lion is accused or three perceived privileged college athletes. Accusers do have motivations to lie. Doesn't mean they are lying, but doesn't mean anyone should rush to judgment. See also they gay college student who just branded himself but called it an anti-gay attack ...

    Posted by: Anon | Apr 15, 2011 7:36:23 AM


  17. I'm not about to pass judgment on anyone based on one disgruntled staffer's allegations. Nevertheless Jackson is a christer and I wouldn't put anything past one of them.

    Posted by: Tone | Apr 15, 2011 7:57:09 AM


  18. @ Chi-Town, I have some good, good, jood gurlfriends there in Chicago and I'm sure one of them knows her....HMMMM I need the REAL TEA'S

    Details at 11PM (CST)...LOL

    Posted by: Chris DaChocolatebearcub | Apr 15, 2011 8:08:54 AM


  19. At some point someone will force us to look at the seriousness of these charges, but right now I can't stop laughing.

    Oh, my....having to clean up after straight folks private business in a hotel room...having to rub Reverend Jackson's legs with cream. Mister Bennett could've have nicknamed himself, "Kizzie".

    Before the anti-Jackson statements come in, remember: Jackson was POLITICALLY AWARE of the power of Gay people within the Democratic Party going back to 1984. He was the first major national Democratic Party figure (that I can remember) who came out for Gay civil rights back in the mid-eighties. What he felt about Gay folks privately? I don't give a damn. It's what he said publically that matters.

    Now, let the anti-Jackson feeding frenzy begin.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 15, 2011 9:03:30 AM


  20. @Chrischocolatebearcub

    Yes gurl, let's DO get the real tea. This will be so juicy, I am sure, that I'm breaking out with the FINE imported china tea set, so you betta not disappoint, lol.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Apr 15, 2011 9:30:24 AM


  21. "...just to see Jackson get his comeuppance."

    Yes, indeed, Colonel TREV, we'll have to see to that or else they'll be an uprisin' on the whole plantation.

    Now, that's a enough toddy for you, Aunt Pittypat.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 15, 2011 9:49:35 AM


  22. We made it 22 comments in, and no snark about that facial hair? LAWD.

    Posted by: Timothy | Apr 15, 2011 10:21:33 AM


  23. "[F]rom that gay teacher, I got a good grade, I got to use his car, I got ten dollars and I got my dick sucked.'" - What type of High School Filthing?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Apr 15, 2011 2:00:00 PM


  24. It is well known that Jackson frequents one of Chicago's "straight" bathhouses, if one believes they truly are. Jon Kass has written about his discomfort trying to interview Jackson with a towel around his waist.

    I've been to that bathhouse and let me just say it didn't seem very straight to me. Loaded with homoerotic tension and was very easy for me to find a dalliance.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 16, 2011 8:08:25 AM


  25. Eh you either have discretion when you're working for someone, or you don't.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 22, 2011 11:15:31 AM


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