Ex-assistant of ‘Dolton Dictator’ comes forward to address lawsuit over alleged sex assault: ‘I’m fighting, not just for me’

The former assistant accusing embattled “Dolton Dictator” Tiffany Henyard of silencing her rape accusations has come forward to tearfully element how she is preventing “for every woman that’s been in my position.”

Fenia Dukes recognized herself in a video assertion launched to NBC Chicago on Monday because the ex-employee claiming in a lawsuit that she was fired by the Illinois mayor quickly after accusing a high-ranking worker of sexually assaulting her on a taxpayer-funded enterprise journey.

In her video assertion, Dukes tearfully detailed her allegations of being attacked in May final 12 months by Dolton Trustee Andrew Holmes after being left alone after dinner on the Vegas Strip. Her allegations are actually beneath federal investigation.

“My last memory was me waking up in his room,” she stated of the older worker she trusted and affectionately knew as “Uncle Dru.”

Fenia Dukes says she is sharing her story to combat “for every woman that’s been in my position.” Fenia Dukes / NBC

Dukes claims in her lawsuit that she was fired quickly after bringing the accusation in opposition to Holmes to Henyard — which she discovered notably painful as a result of the mayor had till then mentored her and even recommended she might someday exchange her.

“She took me under her wing,” she stated of the now-heavily investigated chief who brags about being a “super mayor.”

“I’m teaching you the game and I want you to be able to have opportunities I had, because I am the first black-woman mayor of Dalton, and you could be the one taking my seat,” she stated.

Dukes tearfully claimed that she solely filed the lawsuit to assist others who discover themselves in comparable positions.

“This has been a long journey for me already,” she stated within the video.

“I’m fighting for every woman that’s been in my position,” Dukes stated. “I’m fighting for a sister that doesn’t have a voice. I’m fighting for a sister that’s scared. I’m fighting for a sister that doesn’t have a sister.”

“I’m fighting, not just for me.”

Holmes did not reply to repeated requests for remark, NBC Chicago stated.

The Village of Dolton advised the outlet it had “conducted a thorough investigation into these allegations” led by an “independent third-party company” — and “Ms. Dukes refused to cooperate with our investigation.”

It claimed that an officer Dukes known as her “hero” for making an attempt to assist — earlier than allegedly getting demoted and in addition taking authorized motion — had earlier been “interviewed and denied knowing anything about these allegations.”

“This is nothing more than two disgruntled village employees trying to make off with the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars,” the village alleged.

“The village looks forward to defending these allegations.”

Dolton trustees employed Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s former mayor and a former federal prosecutor, to lead an investigation into Mayor Henyard.

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