- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has skipped a meeting where City Council members discussed a former employee’s sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

Multiple news outlets report that the council went into a closed-door session for the talks on Tuesday.

Yarber issued a statement saying he couldn’t attend because he had a scheduling conflict. He said a private attorney will respond to the lawsuit for him.

Kimberly V. Bracey was hired as Yarber’s executive assistant when he became mayor in 2014. She said in her federal lawsuit filed last week that she had a consensual sexual relationship with the mayor and was fired from her city job when she ended the affair.

Bracey’s suit is also against the city, and the council will hire an attorney to represent its interests.

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