Nearly five years after she was allegedly drugged and raped in Iraq by firefighters for Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, Jamie Leigh Jones has lost her case.
Now 26, Jones said she was drugged with the date rape drug Rohypnol and brutally raped in 2005, while working at KBR facility Camp Hope in Iraq. She also told jurors that after the incident, she was imprisoned in a shipping container and prevented from calling family for help, and later had to go through reconstructive surgery on her chest and psychiatric counseling for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
But jurors in the case against the Houston, Texas-based company decided in the end that Jones's sexual encounter was consensual, rendering other charges moot.
A lawyer for the accused, 34-year-old Charles Boartz, told the Houston Chronicle the verdict was “fully justified, fully merited and long overdue.”
Jurors also rejected the former KBR worker’s assertion that her employer fraudulently induced her “to enter into an employment contract” that stipulated she had to resolve company disputes through arbitration. Her high-profile case led to a U.S. Senate amendment that prevented the Defense Department from using contractors that included similar contractual stipulations.
A KBR spokesperson told the The Wall Street Journal, "Since 2005, KBR has been subjected to a continuing series of lies perpetuated by the plantiff in front of Congress, in the media and to any audience wishing to lend an ear to this story.”
An attorney for Jones did not comment on a possible appeal, but said that he respected the jury’s decision considering the evidence they were allowed to see.
“We do think it’s a shame that Jamie’s entire personal history was dragged before the jury,” attorney Todd Kelly told the Chronicle, “when her rapist’s criminal history, including violence against women, was suppressed from them.”