Calling it “a lawsuit full of lies,” Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis today responded for the first time to allegations that he sexually harassed women in his office over the course of several years.
“We have spent our entire lives protecting the rule of law,” Willis said at a press conference Wednesday at the Collin County Courthouse, surrounded by female staff and supporters including his wife, Judge Jill Willis.
“Jill and I feel the need to set the record straight,” he said.
The lawsuit, filed October 31 in federal court, alleges Willis “treats many female employees as objects,” while his First Assistant DA Bill Wirskye “runs the office as a crass, misogynistic fraternity.”
The suit also includes all five members of the Collin County Commissioners Court, accusing them of enabling the alleged misconduct.
Willis said the claims made against him are false and defamatory. “The things they allege did not happen.”
He said he has “extensive evidence that will clear my good name,” some of which he presented during the press conference.
Willis read allegations from the lawsuit made by plaintiff Fallon Lafleur that describe inappropriate touching during her exit interview. He then played an audio recording of the interview that appeared to directly refute Lafleur’s description of the encounter.
He also presented copies of multiple handwritten notes from plaintiff Vykim Le and an unnamed plaintiff, sent during the time the alleged harassment was said to be occurring, thanking Willis for being “wonderful” and “the best boss ever.”
“The allegations are disproven by the plaintiffs’ own words,” he said. “The truth is on our side, and the rule of law will win the day.”
Willis called on the plaintiffs to stop wasting taxpayer money and drop their lawsuit.
The documents and recordings are posted on a website called Collin County Truth Files.