Another of the 8 women who accused Charles Herbster in a Nebraska Examiner article of groping them has allowed her name to be made public.
25-year old Elizabeth Todsen told the Examiner on Friday she had been reluctant to come forward as State Senator Julie Slama had, but that she could no longer watch Herbster and his campaign attack Slama.
Todsen says “it just made me so mad, seeing her out there by herself and ultimately being bullied and discounted, I said, ‘it’s time to do what’s right.’”
She was also more willing to come public because of the creation by 4 Republican state senators who created a new legal defense fund for anyone with a credible allegation against Herbster. The group and fund are backing Todsen.
The original Examiner story has also changed Todsen. She says it made her realize she wasn’t alone and the only one having to deal with Herbster’s actions against them – adding that she believes the other accusers “100%.”
Herbster campaign spokeswoman Emily Novotny said Friday that Herbster stands by his earlier statement that he “100% denies these allegations.”
Herbster has sued Slama for defamation and she has counter-sued. Her attorney says Herbster has a chance to tell, under oath, his side of what happened at depositions scheduled for this Friday.