Aug 22 Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon, a key
figure in Detroit's historic bankruptcy filing, will not be
charged for allegedly assaulting his former wife, prosecutors
said on Thursday, the latest twist in a public battle since the
couple divorced in March.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said there is
"insufficient evidence to file criminal charges" based on an
allegation by Dillon's ex-wife, Carol Owens-Dillon, that he
assaulted her on July 13 outside of her house in Redford
James J. Harrington III, Andy Dillon's attorney, said "a
full investigation" by the prosecutor vindicated Dillon's
position that the assault claim was without merit.
Repeated attempts by Reuters to contact Owens-Dillon or her
associates were not successful.
A Wayne County judge on July 23 rejected requests by Dillon
and Owens-Dillon for personal protection orders against each
other, but entered an order forbidding contact between them,
according to Harrington.
On Wednesday, Dillon's executive administrator in the
Treasurer' office, Amy Hichez, sued Owens-Dillon in Wayne County
Circuit Court for defamation.
The lawsuit accuses Owens-Dillon of posting a message on her
Facebook page sometime around July 7, 2013, that said: "a year
and a half ago I caught my then alcoholic husband Andy Dillon
cheating on Christmas Day with his secretary Amy Hichez."
The lawsuit says Hichez and Dillon "have never had any type
of romantic relationship and their employer/employee
relationship has remained purely professional at all times."
Kelly Rossman-McKinney, a Michigan public relations
consultant who described herself as a friend of Andy Dillon,
told Reuters in an email that the Michigan treasurer has battled
"Mr. Dillon went through a particularly difficult period
during the holidays last year and sought treatment for
alcoholism shortly after that," Rossman-McKinney said. "Like any
of us who battle this challenge, myself included, he is taking
it one day at a time."
Dillon, who served as Democratic speaker of Michigan House
of Representatives from 2008 to 2010, was appointed state
treasurer by Republican Governor Rick Snyder in January 2011.
As treasurer, Dillon has been a key player in events that
led Detroit to file the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
history on July 18. Dillon served on review teams assembled by
Snyder to scour Detroit finances.
Hichez's defamation lawsuit also named Frank Tomcsik, a
personal acquaintance of both Andy Dillon and his ex-wife, for
allegedly republishing Owens-Dillon's statements. Hichez seeks
damages of more than $25,000 in the suit.