Rep. Henderson says Sheriff Lewis should resign

SC Rep. Phyllis Henderson (left) - Greenville Co. Sheriff Will Lewis (right)
SC Rep. Phyllis Henderson (left) - Greenville Co. Sheriff Will Lewis (right)

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – Representative Phyllis Henderson is the latest public official calling for the resignation of Greenville Co. Sheriff Will Lewis.

Henderson represents Greenville County’s District 21.

Henderson issued the following the statement:

As more details continue to emerge surrounding the unbecoming conduct of Sheriff Will Lewis, today I am calling for his resignation. I wanted to give Sheriff Lewis a measure of grace over the past few days to do the right thing and resign on his own — which he has not.

SC Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant issued a statement Tuesday that said Lewis should resign immediately.

An adulterous affair is bad enough but the sexual abuse of a subordinate demands that Sheriff Lewis resign immediately. Women should never be subjected to this kind of behavior in the workforce. He’s not only disgraced his family but he’s also disgraced law enforcement across the state of South Carolina.

Tuesday night, Greenville County Council unanimously passed a resolution asking for Lewis to resign after his admission.

Sheriff Will Lewis says he won’t be making any further comments until the SLED investigation is over.

“As previously stated, I remain committed to handling this matter in the proper forum and in the proper manner as required by law. Therefore, I will make no further comments on this matter until the final resolution of the SLED investigation,” Lewis said.

An amended complaint has also been filed against Sheriff Will Lewis, claiming sexual assault and harassment.

Savanah Nabors, a former assistant to Lewis, filed the suit on the 16th, a month and a half after she first posted the allegations on a family blog.

The amended lawsuit includes photos of Lewis and Nabors and locations Nabors refers to in the lawsuit.  The lawsuit also includes several audio recordings, to which now include dates to when they allegedly were recorded.

Lewis held a press conference last Thursday, confirming the relationship with Nabors, but called it consensual. Lewis denied all criminal wrongdoing.

The biggest difference between the lawsuits, is the forward, to which emphasizes Nabors’ feelings for the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says the following:

“During one of the last conversations the Plaintiff had with Defendant Sheriff
Will Lewis (“the Sheriff”) before she was terminated from her job, which occurred after the
Plaintiff had made it clear to the Sheriff that she did not want to have a relationship with him
beyond a professional one, the Sheriff explained to the Plaintiff that “I mean, ultimately,
when you work for the Sheriff’s Office, you work at the pleasure of the sheriff . . . . You
work at the pleasure of the sheriff. I mean, that’s just it. Period . . . “ Instead of bottling up
the pain and continuing to allow the Sheriff to victimize her as a condition of keeping her
job, the Plaintiff decided that her dignity and self-respect meant too much to her, and that
she was not going to take the abuse and harassment any more. She was compelled to stand
up for herself and for any other women in her position. The Plaintiff was willing to take on
this fight, despite the knowledge that the Defendants would predictably attempt to attack her
credibility by painting her as promiscuous and otherwise undeserving of the right to say “no”
to unwelcome sexual advances. This lawsuit is a crucial part of the Plaintiff’s effort to stand
up to her attacker and the others responsible for her injuries and damages described below.”

To read the amended complaint, click here: amended savanah nabors lawsuit

To read the original lawsuit, click here: Savanah Nabors Lawsuit