Jim Gibbons, Nevada Governor, Sued For Threatening Rape

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In October 2006, cocktail waitress Chrissy Mazzeo accused then-Nevada gubernatorial nominee Jim Gibbons of pushing her against a wall in a parking garage and threatening to rape her. Mazzeo refused to press charges at the time, and Gibbons won the election that November. Now, two years later—as Gibbons deals with a divorce, rumors of infidelity (Gibbons sent a woman 860 texts in a month) and countless political scandals—Mazzeo is suing Gibbons for battery, false imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping.

At the time of the allegations, Gibbons claimed he merely caught Mazzeo, who had been drinking heavily with him at a restaurant in Las Vegas, when she tripped in the garage. Said Gibbons to the police, “Gosh, I learned an important lesson, never to offer a helping hand to anybody ever again.”

Since becoming governor, Gibbons has endured accusations of bribery, tax fraud, hiring undocumented workers, plagiarism, shady donations, and only coming to his office a few days a month. Despite the dogpile, increasing unpopularity and his ongoing divorce, Gibbons still found time to go to a rodeo with ex-Playboy Playmate Leslie Durant. Gibbons’ spokesperson did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.

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