Lawsuit: Top Homeland Security Chief Made Lewd Comments

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 09:16 AM

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Graphic comments allegedly made by a top ranking official at Homeland Security are the focus of a lawsuit filed by the head of the New York’s office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, FoxNews.com reported.

The official, ICE chief of staff Suzanne Barr, placed herself on leave shortly after FoxNews.com contacted the agency for comment about the allegations, according to FoxNews.com.

Two more ICE employees submitted sworn affidavits this week alleging Barr and another top official working under Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, made graphic comments in 2009. The affidavits are part of a discrimination and retaliation suit filed earlier this year against Napolitano by James T. Hayes Jr., the head of the New York office for ICE.

"ICE has referred these allegations to the DHS Office of Inspector General and the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility for review. Ms. Barr has voluntarily placed herself on leave pending the outcome of this review," ICE Public Affairs Director Brian Hale said in a written statement, FoxNews.com reported.

In the affidavits, an employee claimed that Barr said to an ICE employee, “You a sexy" (expletive deleted).

The affidavit, according to FoxNews.com, said Barr then looked at the employee’s crotch and asked, “How long is it anyway?”

"Several employees laughed nervously," the affidavit said.

Another account mentioned that during a trip to Colombia, Barr approached another employee at a party and offered to perform oral sex, according to FoxNews.com.

Hayes’ lawyer, Morris Fischer, told FoxNews.com his team is continuing to collect evidence.

"People are coming out of the woodwork on this because this is such a serious matter and people want to see this agency's mess cleaned up," he told FoxNews.com.

The suit also focuses on Dora Schriro, the current New York City Correction Commissioner, who was at Homeland Security DHS in February 2009.

In the lawsuit, Hayes claims Schriro, brought on as a special adviser to Napolitano, lacked law enforcement experience and enjoyed a "long-standing relationship" with Napolitano. As a result he was pushed him aside "because of this relationship (with Napolitano) and because he was not female," the suit says, FoxNews.com reported.


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