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Raped and Drugged at KBR, Woman Says

HOUSTON (CN) - At least two fellow workers drugged, raped and sodomized a paramedic working for Kellogg Brown and Root in Iraq, after KBR failed to warn her about the numerous sexual assaults that KBR employees had inflicted upon other women there, the woman says in a federal complaint.

The plaintiff was hired as a paramedic/medic in July 2007 and after her first assignment in Iraq was assigned to Camp Harper outside of Basra, where she says she was brutalized on Feb. 3, 2008.

She says she began to feel strange after drinking a screwdriver with some of her civilian colleagues after work that night on base. While she was incapacitated, she says William Risner, a KBR employee, led her to his room where Risner and a "special forces agent" identified only as "Jason" raped and sodomized her together, she says.

She recalls being anally penetrated by Jason, and screaming when this occurred. When she screamed, Mr. Risner quieted [the plaintiff] by putting his penis in her mouth. [The plaintiff] was sexually assaulted. At no time did she consent to the conduct of Defendant Risner or Jason. Defendant Risner and Jason then switched places, and [the plaintiff] recalls someone holding her legs up," the complaint states.

The woman says that when she reported the rape to KBR officials, they subjected her to prolonged interrogation, forced her to sign false statements, and took away her company computer.

She seeks punitive damages from KBR, Risner and "John Doe Rapists," for negligence, false imprisonment, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

She is represented by Kell Simon with the Ross Law Group of Austin.

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