Lipscomb's attorney says city is mishandling sex allegation case - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lipscomb's attorney says city is mishandling sex allegation case

Robert Lipscomb (Source: City Hall) Robert Lipscomb (Source: City Hall)

Attorney Rickey Wilkins tells WMC Action News 5 that the City of Memphis is mishandling Robert Lipscomb’s case, after the mayor’s office told the press nine people have accused the city’s former top aide of statutory sex crimes against them.

"The city obviously thinks it's appropriate to continue to speak during this investigation when it's not yet complete and speak as if facts have been established, when they've not been established,” Wilkins said.  “It's highly inappropriate. It is highly improper."

Council members and other community leaders have also questioned the timing of the investigation amid the mayoral election, ten years after the first alleged incident occurred and four months after the Commercial Appeal newspaper released an audio file where Lipscomb was secretly recorded bashing the mayor.

The recording had Lipscomb saying the following: "There's so much bull---- going on with this project, even inside of the administration, OK?   Because who tried to stop this and throw all kinds of roadblocks in?  The administration."

Lipscomb went on to single out the mayor himself.

Wilkins said he is only aware of one victim that has told investigators about crimes towards Lipscomb.

"The city administration seems fit to almost have hourly interviews, leaking information to the press, talking about additional people,” Wilkins said. “I'm not aware of these additional people."

When asked about the timing of the allegations, Mayor A C Wharton said this:

"I really could not care less about that. There's never a wrong time to do the right thing."

Some are speculating a mayoral contender may be instigating the case.

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