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Deliberations Continue in Sex Harassment Case

Posted October 4, 2007

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— Deliberations in the sexual harassment lawsuit against the chief executive of Smithfield's Chicken 'n Bar-B-Q continued through a second day Thursday.

Jason Hallaman sued Gregory Moore three years ago, alleging he was fired as Moore's personal assistant in 2002 after he rebuffed several advances from Moore.

Jurors spent much of Wednesday weighing testimony and asked Thursday morning for Superior Court Judge Abe Jones to instruct them again on state law regarding monetary damages.

The jury must decide if Moore fired Hallaman because the employee rejected his sexual advances. They also are being asked to consider whether Moore maliciously filed criminal charges against Hallaman for forgery and trespassing.

In addition, the jury will decide on a counter-suit filed by Moore that accuses Hallaman of trespassing and taking furniture that belonged to Moore.

Several other former Smithfield's employees testified during the two-week trial that they also rejected Moore's overtures and were subsequently fired.

Moore tearfully acknowledged to jurors Friday that he is bisexual, but he denied the allegations of wrongdoing.

Moore's attorneys said Hallaman was fired because of poor job performance and because he forged Moore's name on a check.

Other defense witnesses questioned the credibility of Hallaman and the other former employees.