South Side Ald. Anthony Beale has taken the unusual step of filing a pre-emptive lawsuit against a former Chicago Public Schools principal who he says sought to extort $1 million from him and made false claims that he sexually harassed her.
The 9th Ward alderman’s suit alleges that an attorney for Dushon A. Brown, formerly the principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, sent Beale and his attorney four letters and an e-mail during the past year that included the threat of civil litigation and a request for $1 million in damages.
In the correspondence, Brown’s attorney, Peter Katsaros, alleges Beale made unwanted sexual advances and worked with CPS officials to remove her as principal at Brooks.
The lawsuit says the first letter Beale received came on Feb. 22, four days before the special Democratic primary to nominate a replacement for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in the South Side and south suburban 2nd Congressional District. Beale finished third.
“I don’t believe it’s a coincidence this letter was sent to me during my congressional campaign, five years after these allegations supposedly occurred,” the alderman said in a statement after the lawsuit was filed Thursday.
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