Lawyer for Cornish Accuser Sends Letter Instructing Him to Preserve Data

November 13, 2017 05:08 PM

The lawyer for a DFL lobbyist who has accused Rep. Tony Cornish of sexually harassing her has sent a letter instructing the lawmaker to protect and retain all documents and data that may be relevant to a potential lawsuit.

The woman, who wants to remain anonymous for now, told KSTP last Friday that Cornish repeatedly sexually harassed her for nearly 10 years.

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RELATED: Outside Firm to Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims Against Cornish

She said it "never, ever stopped." She denied ever pursuing a relationship with Cornish.

The letter states, "To be clear, this was the lobbyist whom you pushed against your office wall and tried to kiss, and to whom you wrote, 'Would it scare you if I said that I was interested in good times, good wine, good food and good sex?'"

"You have a duty to preserve, retain, protect, and not destroy any and all documents and data - both electronic and hard copy - that may be relevant," the letter reads. "This includes, without limitation, halting any automatic-deletion routines and stopping any processes that could alter or overwrite responsive metadata.

RELATED: Daudt: Cornish's Chairmanship Suspended Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

A letter sent to legislative leaders contained the same instructions.

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