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Herbster files lawsuit against State Senator who accused him of groping

Charles Herbster at a campaign event in North Platte Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
Charles Herbster at a campaign event in North Platte Wednesday, April 13, 2022.(Beatriz Reyna/News 2)
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 4:17 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 6:28 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster filed a lawsuit Friday against one of the eight women who has accused him of sexual misconduct.

Herbster filed the lawsuit against Republican State Senator Julie Slama in Johnson County, where Slama lives. The lawsuit seeks judgment in order to “restore Charles Herbster’s good name and reputation and to oppose the false claims made against him,” a news released stated.

According to court documents, Herbster is seeking “an amount to be determined at trial, fees and costs, and such other relief as may be appropriate under the premises.”

The Nebraska Examiner first reported the stories of eight women, including Slama, who say Herbster groped them at public events. Slama, in a statement, confirmed that as she walked by Herbster, he reached up her skirt, without her consent, and touched her inappropriately. The incident reportedly happened in the middle of a crowded ballroom at the Douglas County Republican Party’s annual Elephant Remembers dinner. The other women chose to remain anonymous but the Nebraska Examiner reported they corroborated six of the women’s accounts with at least one witness to each incident.

Since the accusations became public, Herbster has maintained his innocence.

“As set forth in my lawsuit, the false accusations and attacks on my character are part of a greater scheme calculated to try and defeat my candidacy. I will not stop fighting until the truth is told and my name is cleared,” Herbster said in a news release.

At attorney for Sen. Slama responded Friday evening that they had not seen the lawsuit yet.

Below is the full lawsuit, filed in Johnson County District Court on Friday.

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