Texas woman loses Iraq rape case against KBR

By the Associated Press | July 8, 2011 | 5:14 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal jury in Houston has rejected the claims against military contractor KBR Inc. of a Texas woman who said she was drugged and raped while working in Iraq.

Jamie Leigh Jones had sought millions of dollars in her lawsuit against KBR, its former parent Halliburton Co., and a former KBR firefighter.

The jury returned its verdict Friday. It rejected claims that she was raped and also her fraud claim against the company.

Jones said she was raped in 2005 while working for KBR at Camp Hope, Baghdad. She sued KBR, Halliburton and a former KBR firefighter, Charles Bortz, whom she identified as one of her rapists. The Houston-based companies and Bortz denied her allegations.

The alleged sexual assault was investigated by authorities but no criminal charges were filed.