Worker Tells of Rape by US Contractor Crew in Iraq

Jamie Leigh Jones suing KBR
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2011 4:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – A former employee of US contractor KBR recounted a horrifying ordeal in which she was drugged, gang-raped in Iraq by other workers, and then locked in a shipping container by two company guards so she couldn't go to authorities. Jamie Leigh Jones, now 26, testified in a Texas courtroom that she was "scared to death" when she was shut up in the container in 2005 without food or water after she reported the attack to her supervisors. "I'm banging on the door, I say, 'I need to get out of here. I need to contact my dad,'" Jones said in testimony in her lawsuit against the company and former parent company Halliburton.

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Jones is one of several women who have complained of sexual attacks and harassment at the company, reports ABC News. One of the men she is charging with rape has filed a countersuit against her, claiming the sex was consensual. She has been grilled on the stand about her sexual history, and the cross-examination will continue today. (Read more Jamie Leigh Jones stories.)

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