Dan Johnson's attorney tells Jessica Green to cease and desist; Green responds

Updated: Jun. 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM EDT
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Councilwoman Jessica Green claims Dan Johnson grabbed her rear end at an event on June 7....
Councilwoman Jessica Green claims Dan Johnson grabbed her rear end at an event on June 7. (Source: Andreina Centlivre, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is threatening to sue a fellow council member, claiming she is defaming his character.

Councilwoman Jessica Green (D1) filed a sexual harassment complaint against Johnson (D21) after an alleged incident at Wyandotte Park on June 7. Green said Johnson groped her, squeezed her buttock and whispered in her ear during a press conference taking place on the park's basketball courts.

Johnson issued an apology to Green about a week later without admitting to the alleged actions.

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In a letter sent to Green on June 14, the same day of Johnson's apology, the councilman's attorney, Thomas A. McAdam III, issued a cease and desist statement. The letter cited articles about the alleged incident that were published in the Courier-Journal.

A Defamation Settlement Agreement was included with the letter. McAdam said they pursue legal action if Green did not comply with the terms of the agreement.

WAVE 3 News spoke to Green on Tuesday about Johnson's request.

"I was spot on the entire time, knowing the apology was not sincere," Green said. "Because this is a pathetic, cowardly and no good move, and he should be ashamed of himself."

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