LA VISTA, Nebraska (WOWT) – There is anger back and forth between a Nebraska gubernatorial candidate and supporters of a senator. He was accused of sexual assault.
Charles Herbster He blames another candidate for governor, Jim Palin and his campaign, for using the “Nebraska Foundation Machine to get rid of the mud.”
Tuesday, colleagues Senator Julie Salameh To defend it with a legal fund for victims and witnesses.
Senator Lou Ann Linhan From Elkhorn says the fund is a letter of support.
“We’re trying to send a message the only way we know, if you’re scared, or you’re being bullied, if you’re getting letters from lawyers, come to us, and we’ll help you,” Linehan said.
There are five republics in the Nebraska legislature. They are the four who created the support fund, and Senator Julie Salameh, who accused Herbster of getting under her skirt during a political event in Omaha in 2019.
Seven other unnamed women also came forward with similar stories.
The four senators offer defendants and witnesses protection of some sort and a place to get counsel and resources.
“It’s clearly a predator,” Linehan added. “It doesn’t go to women in our age group who turn around and slap him.”
Since the Nebraska investigator first published the story two weeks ago, businessman Charles Herbster has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling the story nothing more than politically motivated lies.
He reiterated it during a debate in Holdridge, Nebraska, on Sunday night.
“I understand the political slander,” Herbster said. “I understand what happens when you get ahead in the polls and they want to smash you.”
On Monday, a new advertisement for Herbster began showing. The ad blames Senator Salameh and her ruling political ally Pete Ricketts, who supports Jim Palin for governor, for devising a plan to bring him down.
Herbster alleges that Senator Salameh continued to contact him after the alleged assault, including text messages, calls, meetings and Invited him to her wedding.
Senator Salameh said the wedding invitations were mixed with donor lists and she didn’t realize Herbster had been invited.
April 14, Senator Salameh told KFAB: “It was terrifying that the man who sexually assaulted me RSVP and said he would come to my wedding.”
On Tuesday, Salama’s lawyer hit back, claiming that the ad plot is slander, and that Herbster is “attempting to bully victims of sexual assault to silence them,” and that he would “respond to it in court.”
Salama’s team scheduled Herbster’s filing four days before Election Day.
Although the four senators all support Jim Palin, they say the issue is about doing the right thing.
Two of the four senators said they had received letters from Herbster’s attorneys asking them to keep any documents or emails related to the case.
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