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Jesse Jackson, PUSH, Deny Claims in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Rev. Jesse Jackson and the PUSH Rainbow Coalition have denied sexual harassment claims made by former staffer Tommy Bennett (pictured)in a lawsuit filed last week:

Bennett Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rainbow PUSH filed a joint response with the commission and issued a statement saying its leaders “unequivocally deny Tommy Bennett’s false claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination.”

“The organization does not condone or tolerate discrimination in any form,” the statement says. “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.”

The Chicago Commission on Human Relations could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

Bennett claims that he was mocked for his sexual orientation and asked to perform sexually demeaning tasks which included rubbing lotion on Jackson's legs for a rash.

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  1. Well we already know he's a racist and hates Jews, so I'm not particularly shocked that he may be a homophobe as well...

    Posted by: Jack | Apr 18, 2011 12:30:05 PM

  2. Jack,

    When is the last time you looked up the definition of racist? A racist believes his race is superior to others. I've known Black bigots, I've rarely known Black racists who believe Blacks are superior to Whites....very rare.

    Is Reverend Jackson a bigot against Jews? Probably. A lot of Christians are.

    As far as being a homophobe: well, he supported Gay Civil Rights in 1984-- before other nationally known Democrats would acknowledge your existence. His private feelings about Gay people? I don't know and I don't care. What he says publically is what matters. I certainly see how many White Gay people feel about him. Why the hell should he like you?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 18, 2011 12:45:18 PM

  3. Go head, Derrick.

    Posted by: JeffRob | Apr 18, 2011 7:11:45 PM

  4. Jack such an idiot queen!..get a life and grow up

    Posted by: Chris DaChocolatebearcub | Apr 19, 2011 3:21:13 AM

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