If asked, Rep. Chris Cannon is willing to repeat that no money was paid to settle a lawsuit by a former aide who claimed she was sexually harassed by a co-worker.
That despite a new lawsuit accusing Cannon of violating the confidentiality provisions of the earlier settlement by disclosing its terms."Absolutely," said Jeff Hartley, the 3rd District Republican's spokesman. "The statement is accurate."
The issue came up when Cannon revealed this week that neither he, his office, his business nor taxpayers paid anything to resolve the lawsuit filed last year by Crelley Mackey.
Mackey, who was Cannon's Salt Lake County field coordinator, alleged she was pressured into an unwanted physical relationship with the congressman's chief of staff, Charles R. Warren.
Warren resigned July 3, shortly after the allegations were made public.
Mackey was placed on administrative leave with pay in January and then worked as a Utah State Senate secretary during the 1998 legislative session. She resigned from Cannon's staff when the lawsuit was settled on Feb. 9.
Neither side revealed any of the terms of the settlement agreement until this week, when Cannon confirmed no money was involved.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday afternoon in 3rd District Court, Mackey said Cannon's comments "breached the agreement by disclosing confidential information regarding the same."
In addition to breach of contract, the suit accuses Cannon of invasion of privacy, defamation and infliction of emotional distress.
According to the suit, Cannon invaded Mackey's privacy by "giving publicity to matters concerning her that places her before the public in false light."
Though not specifically mentioned in the lawsuit, the alleged violation apparently occurred in an interview published Wednesday in the Salt Lake Tribune. In that interview, Cannon said of the Mackey matter, "There was no impropriety on my part and no hostile environment. Nothing came home to roost."
Hartley said the congressman was surprised by the new lawsuit "because there are no grounds for it." He added there would be no further comment from Cannon's office "until we can sort through the allegations."
However, Hartley said Cannon's public comments in regards to the Mackey matter were accurate.
Mackey's lawsuit seeks special, general and punitive damages to be determined at trial.