Thursday, September 07, 2006
Branson TV host charged with sexual harassment by country singer
Gene Williams, host of the Branson-based, but nationally broadcast Gene Williams Country Television Show has been charged with sexual harassment by country singer Rebecca Lindsey, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Ms. Lindsey claims she was invited to appear on a show which would be taped April 30. "Defendant Williams informed plaintiff that they would be sharing the same room." She said that was not going to happen.
Williams made airline reservations for Miss Lindsey to fly from Florida to Little Rock, the lawsuit said. He picked her up at the Little Rock airport in a limousine. "Within 10 minutes of being in the limousine, Gene Williams smacked plaintiff on her backside. Plaintiff informed Williams never to touch her like that again."
Later that day, the lawsuit claims, Williams began introducing Miss Lindsey to people as his wife and "asked a grocer if he would like to see plaintiff and defendant get married on the Gene Williams show on Sunday, April 30, 2006." Miss Williams says she quickly corrected Lindsey's statements.
During the limousine ride, the lawsuit claims Williams tried to ply Miss Lindsey with alcohol, but she refused. He "further informed plaintiff of affairs he has had."
Later that day, according to the lawsuit, Williams told her "unless (she) had sex with him he would not pay for her album," a promise he had allegedly made earlier.
He also told her unless she slept with him, he "was going to leave her in Branson and not return her to the airport in Little Rock."
The next day, he tried to kiss her, the lawsuit said. She later received a call from one of Williams' friends saying Williams was buying an engagement ring for Miss Lindsey. Later, he "ordered plaintiff to put on the ring or he would not let her sing on the show," and he "further informed (her) that if she did not wear the ring he would not take her back to Little Rock."
She made other arrangements to get back to Little Rock, the lawsuit said.
She is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, the lawsuit said, on each of five counts, including assault, battery, breach of contract and fraud, with the fraud charge related to his alleged promise to pay for her album.