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Sheriff of Small Texas County Sued for Sexual Misconduct

One thing that is certain, which came out of the thousands of personal stories recounted on the MeToo Movement, is that sexual harassment is not limited to Hollywood producers, actors, and politicians. It can also happen in any workplace, anywhere, where one person has power and authority over another one.

It Can Happen in a Small Town

These allegations can occur even in lowly-populated rural areas such as the recent lawsuit filed in federal court in Waco, Texas. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Shirley Boger, alleges sexual misconduct by Sheriff Ricky Scaman. He is the county sheriff for nearby Falls County. Falls County only has about 18,000 people. The biggest town is Marlin, TX, where the sheriff’s office is located, with a population of around 6,000.

History of Sexual Abuse Allegations

The recent civil lawsuit by Shirley Boger is the second time Sheriff Scaman has been sued by a county employee alleging sexual misconduct. The first lawsuit was filed by Nanci Anderson in April 2018. She worked as an assistant chief deputy for Scaman. In Anderson’s suit, she alleges that Scaman subjected her to sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and created a work environment, which was so hostile that she was forced to quit.

Boger vs. Scaman

Boger worked as a dispatcher and jailer for the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Scaman was her boss. The lawsuit claims that Scaman has a history of discriminatory behavior against female employees who work for the sheriff’s department that he supervises.

In the suit, Boger claims that on one occasion Scaman invited her into his private office, closed the door, and asked her if she had been thinking about him. She also alleges that this type of encounter happened more than 20 times. Some of these times she claims he licked her face, groped her body, and then sexually assaulted her.

Scaman’s Defense

Scaman denies the claims. He refuses to comment on the case except through his attorney. His attorney says that Boger was terminated after she walked off the job, during the middle of a shift, while Scaman was on vacation in Mexico. There was no dispute alleged to have occurred with the supervisor in charge at that time, who was the chief deputy.

After Boger quit, she continued to exchange text message with Scaman. Scaman’s attorney says these communications do not reference any sexual misconduct. The defense attorney says it is inconceivable that the text messages would continue if Boger had been raped more than 20 times in the tiny sheriff’s office that is surrounded by other personnel.

Eliza Dushku Awarded $9.5 Million From CBS In Sexual Harassment Case

After allegations of sexual harassment on the set of the TV show “Bull,” actress Eliza Dushku has been awarded $9.5 million in a settlement case from CBS. Dushku has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and is most widely known for her role on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” During her three-episode stint on “Bull,” Dushku was harassed repeatedly by the star of the show, Michael Weatherly.

This harassment comes in the wake of allegations against other big names at CBS, including Leslie Moonves, Charlie Rose, and Jeff Fager. All three of these men are no longer working at CBS due to the allegations against them.

The harassment directed toward Dushku came in the form of inappropriate comments, some of which were caught on film. The comments were regarding her appearance, with Weatherly also making insinuations about a threesome and rape. Due to his popularity, some of Weatherly’s comments also prompted other cast and crew members to make similar comments to Dushku.

After Dushku came forward and stood up for herself, confronting Weatherly about his behavior, she was written out of the script. The $9.5 million she was eventually paid in the settlement is the equivalent of the money she would have made if she were not written off the show. Originally, the plan was for her to be on the show for four seasons.

After being confronted, Weatherly stated “When Eliza told me that she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I… immediately apologized… I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”

The fact that Dushku was written off the show after confronting Weatherly is indicative of the culture at CBS. It was only days after Dushku confronted Weatherly that she was written out of the script. After Dushku came forward, she was also reportedly not taken seriously by a CBS lawyer.

Dushku stated that she felt embarrassed and humiliated by the events that happened while she was working on “Bull.” She had originally planned to file a lawsuit but eventually agreed on the cash settlement. As part of the agreement, Dushku is not allowed to speak about her experience, leaving her frustrated. In light of this and other incidents, the culture of CBS continues to be under scrutiny.