Leach Files Defamation Suit Against 1991 Sexual Assault Accuser Plus Two Others
As he threatened on Friday, state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), today filed a defamation suit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas against the woman who accused him of sexual misconduct in a 1991 incident.
The story of the allegation broke on Thursday. Cara Taylor said she was 17 and her mother was a legal client of Leach’s when he coerced her to perform oral sex.
Leach has emphatically denied the allegation, calling it preposterous. His suit names Taylor, Gwen Snyder and Colleen Kennedy. Snyder and Kennedy have publicly accused Leach of assaulting Taylor; Leach calls them “co-conspirators” that have “shown a reckless disregard for the truth.”
Through Twitter, Snyder claimed the defamation suit from Leach is a “desperation move” and is reinforcing her calls for him to resign.
In a statement representing all three women, Marni Jo Snyder said that Leach’s defamation suit “makes me sick.”
“They have strong voices that they are entitled to use, and I know that there are many people out there who value those voices. I will only say at this time that truth is an absolute defense to the claim and that Mr. Leach’s condemnation of the #MeToo movement as a method for defamation makes me sick,” she said. “It is not for Mr. Leach to determine the nature or rules of the movement…Mr. Leach’s decision to file is an unsuccessful attempt to silence these women and an attack on free speech… and we are sick of it.”
AccountabilityPA has been calling for Leach to resign and has created a GoFundMe to support their legal defense fund.
Leach has made headlines in the past couple of years in regards to different misconduct allegations while he’s been a sitting Senator. Gov. Tom Wolf called on him to resign after allegations were made public in Dec 2017 and in a PennLive story from Friday states he stands by his position that the Democratic state Senator should resign.
This story was updated with a comment from Marni Jo Snyder, spokesperson for Cara Taylor, Gwen Snyder and Colleen Kennedy.