Philadelphia sheriff faces sexual harassment lawsuit by employee


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The city’s sheriff is facing allegations that he sexually harassed an employee in his office.

According to, the suit says Sheriff Jewell Williams made sexually harassing comments to the employee, Vanessa Bines, and called her a “home wrecker” and “whore” after she rejected his advances and began dating another employee.

Williams allegedly retaliated against Bines, 40, after she complained about his behavior to city and federal employment discrimination offices. She says the harassment affected her health, forcing her to take medical leave.

Williams’ office said in a statement that he “categorically, and in the strongest possible fashion, denies” the allegations and looks forward to being vindicated.