ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - A former bodyguard and spokesman for polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit claiming church leaders ruined his business after he had a falling-out with Jeffs.
Attorneys for 43-year-old William "Willie" Jessop filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking more than $57 million in damages and at least $25 million in punitive damages from leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The lawsuit names imprisoned leader Jeffs, his brother Lyle Jeffs, and two dozen other people or organizations who allegedly worked to arrange a burglary at Jessop's Hildale-area excavation business and ranch, and to harass his family.
Jessop attorney Mark James tells The Spectrum that defendants had not yet been served the lawsuit as of Thursday. Media calls to FLDS leaders were not returned Thursday.
- Man killed in avalanche had a passion for...
- Local religious leaders urge support for...
- Cities, state battle panhandling through the...
- About Utah: All the mac and cheese they can eat
- Dog lovers walk to support anti-bias measure
- The story of a fish, a river and what's ahead...
- Body of man, 51, discovered outside Cedar City
- Family of BYU student hit by car say they are...
- Advocates rally and 'roar' for... 56
- Utah Democrats offer full Medicaid... 32
- Gov. Herbert threatens veto of House... 31
- Judge: Biological father will share... 28
- The story of a fish, a river and what's... 24
- Cities, state battle panhandling... 21
- Local religious leaders urge support... 20
- Utah unemployment rate hits five-year low 11