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Rutherford's Accuser Speaks On Camera

Updated: Monday, February 17 2014, 04:08 PM CST

It's the news making waves this week as State Treasurer and Gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford is slapped with a federal lawsuit.  Ed Michalowski, a former lawyer and director in Rutherford's office, claims Rutherford made inappropriate sexual advances and regularly forced him to do political work on state time. In tonight's top story Fox News Correspondent Mark Flannery caught up with Ed Michalowski to find out what he had to say.
Flannery: We'd just like to ask you why you waited for two-and-a-half years before you filed a complaint?
Edmund P. Michalowski: I'm working right now. Per my work arrangement, I'm not supposed to be talking about any of this on state -- on county time.
Flannery: You're walking in a hallway. Why did you wait 2-1/2 years before you filed these complaints, made these allegations?
Michalowski: Sir!
Flannery: Why did you wait 2-1/2 years before filing these allegations?
Michalowski: Okay. You know what? I understand. You guys have a very important role in all of this, reporting all of these things. I've asked you to respect my work environment.
Flannery: I've been calling for over a week. We have respected your privacy before you filed the lawsuit. Now that you've filed the lawsuit
Michalowski: Would you talk to my attorney? Flannery: She hasn't returned our phone calls. Would you please tell me, why did you wait so long before filing these charges?
Flannery: We also wanted to ask about the following coincidence; that on the same day last month that Michalowski was due in federal bankruptcy court to face charges of defaulting on his payment plan, Michalowski's attorney was demanding $300,000 from Rutherford, in exchange for which Michalowski would have dropped all harassment claims. Lenders have also had his west side home in foreclosure court since 2008. For his part, Rutherford was downstate tonight. He's still denying that he sexually harassed Michalowski, nor he says did he try to force his former top deputy to do inappropriate political work.

Rutherford's Accuser Speaks On Camera


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