Lawsuit: Fayette County Coroner inappropriately touched deputy coroner

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Court documents reveal new allegations against Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn.

A lawsuit filed by former deputy coroner Melissa Neale accuses Ginn of grabbing her bottom among other allegations. Our news partners at the Lexington Herald-Leader were the first to report on the lawsuit.

This comes months after WKYT Investigates revealed the Lexington Human Rights Commission was looking into workplace sexual harassment allegations involving Ginn. The Herald-Leader reports she has since withdrawn her complaint to the commission and filed the lawsuit instead.

Ginn has denied the claims in a response filed in Fayette Circuit Court.

Neale is asking for unspecified damages, and she has listed multiple claims regarding inappropriate workplace behavior. Allegations include obscene comments in front of female employees, discussions about trips to strip clubs and distasteful comments on male cadavers.

Public records show the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Human Resources substantiated six of 13 allegations involving Ginn, who said in February he would have retraining and updates on sexual harassment through human resources.

Ginn, who was first elected coroner in 2002, faces a rematch in November with retired deputy coroner Larry Owens. In 2014, Ginn won with 61 percent of the vote.

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