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Judge rejects venue change in sex toy trial

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By Ben Carlson

Citing the amount of pretrial publicity the case has received, the attorney for a fired county employee suing the Anderson County Fiscal Court for $1.5 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit asked for and was denied a change of venue for her upcoming trial.
Beasmore’s attorney made the request Tuesday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court. Judge Charles Hickman said he would take the motion “under advisement,” but added that he “intends to seat a jury in Anderson County.”
The motion is likely the final act before Beasmore’s civil trial begins. She claims she was sexually harassed when fellow county employees exposed her to pornographic videos and another coworker gave her a sex toy commonly known as a vibrator.
Beasmore made the allegations public when she filed a lawsuit in 2009, and the case has made continued headlines since then.
Beasmore also alleges she was harassed while she worked as a secretary at the county highway facility, among other allegations.
The fiscal court’s attorneys have fired back, and have pressed Beasmore to admit that, while she worked in the judge-executive’s office, she e-mailed a coworker a photo of a topless female.
The trial is scheduled to begin April 11.