The first of six women who accused the Army's former top enlisted man of sexual harassment had previously threatened revenge against him, a former colleague testified Monday.
Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, who held the appointed post of sergeant major of the Army, has pleaded not guilty to charges of misconduct.The woman, retired Sgt. Maj. Brenda Hoster, was upset because McKinney criticized a speech she prepared in 1995, Maj. Sandy Pogue testified Monday at McKinney's court-martial. Hoster was a spokeswoman and speech writer at the time for McKinney, and Pogue held a similar job for a senior Army general.
Pogue said he offered Hoster advice, but she rebuffed him.
"She said there are other ways to get back at him," referring to McKinney, Pogue said.
Defense attorneys claim Hoster made false allegations against McKinney in retaliation for tough treatment as his assistant.
The defense had started its fifth day of testimony Monday with another former colleague of Hoster. Sgt. Maj. Dawn Kilpatrick, who was also a spokeswoman for the secretary of the Army, said she initially considered Hoster a mentor but came to believe the woman was out of her depth as McKinney's public affairs aide.
"I considered her to be overwhelmed by the pressures and the stress of the long hours," Kilpatrick said.
Lead defense attorney Charles Gittins said he expects to conclude his case this week.