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Lawsuit filed against Laurens County sheriff

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LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Her name is Allison Haley Manley, and she started working at the Laurens County Sheriff's Office back in January 2008. But, according to a lawsuit, by October 2010 she was in fear of her own safety and resigned. When he took office back in 2000, then newly elected Sheriff Ricky Chastain was greeted with cheers from supporters. Now he's apologizing to them.

"I do owe the people of Laurens County an apology," Chastain said on Wednesday. "Last year, I told my wife I had an affair with an employee here at the office. Given my position as the sheriff of Laurens County and in this particular role that sometimes my private life is made public and rightfully so in cases."

Now, that former employee, Haley Manley, has filed a discrimination lawsuit. In it she states she was forced out of her job at the sheriff's office.

According to the lawsuit, Manley was pregnant with Chastain's child last July, but he convinced her to have an abortion and drove her to a clinic in Charlotte where he paid to have it done. Within the paperwork, there's also a copy of a check for $14,500 written to Don Powell.

The lawsuit states Powell is Manley's grandfather and that Chastain told him the money was to move Manley into a bigger house. In an interview with Chastain before the lawsuit was filed he told FOX Carolina he never forced anyone to quit.  

"She quit last year," he said.

The suit also claims Manley became pregnant again and when Chastain learned about the second pregnancy last September, he demanded that she get another abortion. Since the lawsuit was filed, Chastain said his lawyer asked him not to comment. But, in our previous interview he denies discrimination claims.  

"There was nothing as far as my position used when she decided to quit," he said.

The 13 page lawsuit also names other employees. The suit claims when those employees threatened and harassed Manley and on October 4, Chastain instructed them to quote, "Do whatever it took to make Manley resign her employment."

The suit is also filed against the sheriff's office and Laurens County. Before the lawsuit, Sheriff Ricky Chastain told FOX Carolina Manley said she thought she was pregnant and asked if he would drive her to Charlotte for some pills.

FOX Carolina tried to contact Manley's lawyer for a response and were told no comment.

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