Charles Herbster, Sen. Julie Slama agree to drop defamation lawsuits
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Former gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster and State Sen. Julie Slama agreed to drop their defamation lawsuits this week.
The legal saga began in April, just weeks before Nebraska’s primary election.
Over the last six months, both parties’ lawyers have argued extensively. The joint motion to dismiss the lawsuits came two weeks after Slama’s attorney filed for an extension of time.
Court records do not indicate what, if any, settlement was reached in the agreement.
Slama’s attorney told Channel 8 in a statement, “The Parties have dismissed their litigation against each other and will make no further statement on the matter.”
Slama’s allegations that Herbster had groped her became public on April 14 in a Nebraska Examiner article.
The article detailed accounts from seven other anonymous women who said they were also touched inappropriately.
One of those women later came forward by name.
Herbster filed a defamation lawsuit against Slama, saying the allegations slandered his image.
“As set forth in my lawsuit, the false accusations and attacks on my character are part of a greater scheme calculated to try and defeat my candidacy,” he said. “I will not stop fighting until the truth is told and my name is cleared.”
Slama ended up countersuing days later, denying “each and every” allegation in Herbster’s complaint.
After the primary on May 10, Slama refiled her counterclaim with additional details, saying she was suffering from anxiety and depression and feared loss of reputation.