Former staffer apologizes for predator comment

Posted June 12, 2012
Updated June 13, 2012

— Sallie Leslie, a former administrator at the N.C. Democratic Party, has apologized for calling her former boss "a predator."

Leslie made the comments as a sexual harassment scandal erupted around Jay Parmley, the party's former executive director. Parmley denied wrongdoing in the case but ended up resigning as a result of the intensely negative publicity.

Parmley was accused of making unwanted sexual advances on a male staffer. Leslie said at the time she was troubled by the failure of other senior leaders to check Parmley's alleged behavior. 

"I, quite frankly, could not be a part of any organization that protected a predator," Leslie said when asked why she quit her job.

Today, she issued a written apology to Parmley through his lawyer, Woody Webb.

"I hereby apologize for my unfortunate and unsubstantiated use of the word "predator" to describe your client to the media," Leslie wrote to Webb. 

Webb, who had threatened legal action over the remark, said Leslie's apology settles the matter as far as Parmley is concerned. 


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  • Paladin2 Jun 13, 2012

    The Demoncrats are threatening lawsuits on individual citizens to cover up their wrongdoing. How pathetic!

  • cwood3 Jun 13, 2012

    Where there is smoke-there's fire!! The DemocRATS are busy covering up this one!!


  • smokeybear Jun 13, 2012

    Thats right, buckle under pressure. If that's the case why even make the comment. People are just so scared these days to stick to their guns.