July 20th, 2009 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, CLEAN UP

Ex-Spokesman For Mayor Sam Adams Files Lawsuit (Updated with response)

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Wade Nkrumah, who resigned in January as Mayor Sam Adams' spokesman, has followed through with his promise to file a lawsuit against the city over comments the mayor made right after Nkrumah announced his resignation.

Nkrumah's suit (PDF), filed today in Multnomah County Circuit Court, seeks $162,489 in economic damages that Nkrumah claims he is owed after he says Adams damaged his business reputation by saying Nkrumah resigned because the job was “not what he signed up for in terms of stress.” Nkrumah says instead that he resigned from the spokesman's job because the mayor had lied to him twice about Adams' relationship with Beau Breedlove.

"Adams' false statement about Nkrumah's inability to handle stress has caused Nkrumah substantial damage," says the lawsuit, filed by Nkrumah's attorney Michael G. Hanlon

Nkrumah, 48 who was a reporter for The Oregonian for 23 years before leaving last year, is also seeking another $400,000 for "non-economic damages." And he's seeking $18,750 for unpaid time he says he worked for Adams before Adams took the mayor's job last January.

Mayoral spokesman Roy Kaufmann has not yet returned a call seeking comment.

Updated at 4:15 p.m.: Mayoral spokesman Roy Kaufmann—who replaced Nkrumah—declined to respond to the lawsuit.

"It is the city's policy not to comment on pending litigation," Kaufmann said in an email.
 
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