Jamie Leigh Jones Claims After Iraq Rape Employer Held Her Against Her Will


Sexual Assault in Iraq Alleged

Jones began working at KBR as an administrative assistant in 2004 at age 19. She says she went to Iraq to get away from her KBR supervisor in Texas, who she claimed had pressured her into a sexual relationship. She said she had gone along with the relationship because she was living with her mother, who needed money for medical care, in a one-bedroom apartment.

On July 28, 2005, the night of the alleged assault in Baghdad, claims Jones, she recalls standing outside her barracks in the Green Zone with several Halliburton firefighters when one male offered her a drink, saying she shouldn't worry because he had "saved all his roofies for Dubai." "Roofies" is a slang name for rohypnol, the so-called "date-rape" drug.

"I naively took the drink. I remember nothing after taking a couple of sips," Jones testified before the U.S. Senate in 2009. "When I awoke in my room the next morning, I was naked, I was sore, I was bruised and I was bleeding. I was groggy and confused and didn't know why."

Jones, suspecting she had been raped, went to the bathroom to assess her injuries. When she returned, she says she found Bortz still there, lying naked in her bed. After reporting the incident to a KBR operations coordinator, Jones was taken to a Combat Army Support Hospital, where she says a rape kit revealed she had been raped vaginally and anally by multiple perpetrators.

Jones says she was then locked in a shipping container with two armed guards stationed outside and not permitted to leave or contact anyone. Eventually she convinced a guard to let her use his cell phone. She called her father, who contacted Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), who then dispatched State Department officials to ensure her release and return to the U.S. The State Department declined to charge Bortz after an investigation.

Like other alleged victims, Jones had signed a contract requiring her to deal with sexual assault allegations through arbitration. But in September 2009 a federal appeals court ruled that the case could go to court instead of arbitration. In October 2009, Jones testified before Congress in support of the Franken Amendment, now passed, which prohibits contractors with Pentagon contracts from using arbitration as opposed to the courts against ex-employees claiming sexual assault. "I had no idea that the clause was part of the contract, what the clause actually meant, or that I would eventually end up in this horrible situation," testified Jones.

When Jones's lawsuit finally reached a federal courtroom in Houston on June 14, it was almost six years after the alleged incident.

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KBR, which split from Halliburton in 2007, has extensive contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jones's attorney Todd Kelly, who has so far represented five former KBR employees who have alleged sexual assault or harassment, told ABC News in April that in all about 40 women have contacted his office about alleged incidents that occurred while they were working overseas for KBR or at one of its facilities.

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