More than $120,000 paid to settle county harassment claim

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The insurance fund used by the state of South Carolina has paid more than $120,000 to settle the first of several lawsuits against a county recreation agency and its director

Records from the Insurance Reserve Fund show Andrea James was paid $53,000 for her lawsuit against the Richland County Recreation Commission for harassment suffered when she was the agency’s chief financial officer.

The State newspaper reports the records also show lawyers were paid $67,509 to defend against James’ lawsuit.

James said in court papers the agency’s director James Brown III pressured her to have sex and retaliated when she complained.

Brown retired last year and is currently facing misconduct in office and witness intimidation charges.

The Insurance Reserve Fund offers insurance to a number of government agencies in South Carolina.

Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com

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