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Report: City of Brookhaven backtracks on confirmation of sexual harassment claim against mayor

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Report: City of Brookhaven backtracks on confirmation of sexual harassment claim against mayor

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis. Photo obtained via Reporter Newspapers
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Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis. Photo obtained via Reporter Newspapers

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis. Photo obtained via Reporter Newspapers

There’s been some confusing information published in the last 24 hours regarding Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution initially reported that Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis was the target of a sexual harassment complaint, but the city is saying no such complaint was filed against the mayor.

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Earlier, a city spokesperson had told both Reporter Newspapers and the AJC that a sexual harassment complaint had been filed. Reporter Newspapers, publisher of the Brookhaven Reporter, published the city’s full statement on the matter. It says, in part, “At the direction of the city manager, the city attorney on March 17, 2015, commenced the investigation of an incident where an aerosol can was sprayed in the vicinity of two city employees by the mayor.  … Neither of the employees involved claimed or inferred that this incident involving the mayor was sexual or harassing in nature.”

Here is the city’s full statement, as published on Reporter Newspapers …

At the direction of the city manager, the city attorney on March 17, 2015, commenced the investigation of an incident where an aerosol can was sprayed in the vicinity of two city employees by the mayor. After interviewing the two employees, the mayor, the city manager and the human resources director, Mr. Tom Kurrie has concluded that there was no intentional conduct that rose to the level of harassment of any type.

Neither of the employees involved claimed or inferred that this incident involving the mayor was sexual or harassing in nature.

Mayor J. Max Davis said, “I have spoken with both employees present and they have accepted the sincere apology that I offered. The action was innocent and was not intended to bring discomfort.”

Mr. Kurrie also said that “There is not presently nor was there any investigation of sexual harassment being conducted by the City of Brookhaven. Furthermore, there has been no claim or complaint filed by anyone, employee or otherwise, alleging sexual harassment by the Mayor.”

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