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EX-RPS spokesperson wants $1.3 million after wine allegations

Posted at 6:40 PM, Mar 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-26 18:40:50-04

RICHMOND, Va. — The former spokesperson for Richmond Public Schools is suing the district and some school board members.

According to reports, Felicia Cosby believes school leaders damaged her reputation by claiming she served wine to an adult intern in her office in 2010.

Cosby, who served as the spokesperson for the school system for eight years and was placed on administrative leave last year because of those allegations, is now seeking more than $1.3 million in damages.

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Cosby, whose contract was not renewed after it ended in June of 2014, responded to the allegations during an exclusive interview with CBS 6 News reporter Sandra Jones in May of 2014.

“These are personnel matters and they should not be leaked — and they have been.  And because of that, I feel that my reputation has been damaged,” said Cosby.

Cosby defended her reputation against what she calls erroneous, leaked information.

“It’s extremely unfortunate. It’s extremely hurtful and I am extremely concerned,” Cosby said.

Cosby’s job came under fire after an allegation dating back to 2010 accusing her of giving alcohol to an adult intern inside her City Hall office, which is considered school property and falls under the drug and alcohol free policy.

Cosby, who calls herself an amateur vintner who makes wine with and without alcohol, said she would not have knowingly violated a school policy. In fact, she said she would have never brought alcohol to work.

When asked why she thought someone leaked the allegations, Cosby responded, “I really can’t speak to that. I have my suspicions.”