US jury rejects ex-KBR employee rape claim in Iraq

HOUSTON/SAN FRANCISCO, July 8 Fri Jul 8, 2011 5:59pm EDT

Related News

HOUSTON/SAN FRANCISCO, July 8 (Reuters) - A Texas jury rejected claims brought by a woman who said she was raped by fellow employees while working for KBR Inc (KBR.N) in Iraq, according to a KBR spokeswoman.

Jamie Leigh Jones alleged she was drugged and raped by KBR employees working as firefighters in Baghdad and accused the company of tolerating abusive behavior and sexual harassment.

But a company spokeswoman said on Friday the federal jury in Houston found in favor of KBR and a former KBR firefighter also named in the lawsuit "on all counts."

Jones had sought compensatory and punitive damages from KBR, an engineering group that was once the biggest U.S. military contractor in Iraq, and Halliburton Co (HAL.N), KBR's former parent.

The case in U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas is Jamie Leigh Jones v. Halliburton Company d/b/a KBR Kellogg Brown & Root et al., 07-2719. (Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston and Braden Reddall and Dan Levine in San Francisco; editing by Andre Grenon)