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SOUTHWEST OHIO Female lawyer agrees to accept sum in sexual harassment case



Published: Tue, February 1, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



She will continue to pursue claims against the county.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A female lawyer has agreed to accept $45,000 plus legal fees of at least $100,000 from former Hamilton County Prosecutor Michael Allen to resolve claims that he sexually harassed her, her lawyer said on Monday.

Rebecca Collins will continue to pursue claims against the county, said her lawyer, Randolph Freking.

Allen continues to deny that he sexually harassed Collins, said Allen's attorney, Michael Hawkins. Allen made the offer to end the case, Hawkins said.

Allen told reporters last August, a day before he was sued in U.S. District Court, that his relationship with Collins was consensual. Allen is married to a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge and has two children.

Collins claimed that Allen used his position as her boss for sexual favors from her from December 1999 until last year. Allen said the affair ended in August 2003.

No involvement

Hamilton County was not involved in Allen's negotiations with Collins, said Bill Markovits, lawyer for the county commissioners.

The commissioners continue to believe that the dispute between Allen and Collins should not involve the county, Markovits said. The county will ask that it be dismissed from Collins' lawsuit, he said.

After he was sued, Allen resigned as a delegate to the Republican National Convention and as regional chairman of President Bush's re-election campaign. He also withdrew his re-election bid.

Joseph Deters, elected as prosecutor to succeed Allen, fired Collins before taking office on Jan. 3. Collins has since opened her own law office, her lawyer said.




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