Rep. Johnny Bell Added to LRC Lawsuit

Jan 27, 2015

Rep. Johnny Bell (D-Glasgow)
Credit Kentucky LRC

A former legislative staffer has added House Majority Whip Johnny Bell to an ongoing lawsuit, claiming Bell fired her because she was engaged in whistleblower activity.

Yolanda Costner is one of three women who in 2013 accused former Representative John Arnold of sexual harassment. Though Arnold still denies the accusations, he resigned from his post and was fined for ethics violations.

Now, Costner has added Bell, a Democrat from Glasgow, to the lawsuit against Arnold and the LRC. The suit claims Costner was illegally discriminated against and accuses Bell of illegal drug use and of keeping moonshine in his office.

The complaint was filed Monday in Franklin Circuit Court. Kentucky Public Radio reached out to Bell on Monday evening for comment, but no response has been received.