Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 13, 1976 · Page 28
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 28

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 13, 1976
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12B une·: 13. 1976* Sunday Gaaetle-Mail Treated as 'Dehumanized Sex Object, Mrs. Gardner Says of Capitol Hill Job WASHINGTON-l APi-Shaken, exhausted, her eyes red from crying. Colleen Gardner said Saturday t h a t publicity about her involvement in the Capitol's payroll-playmate scandal might drive her out of Washington. "I want to start my life over again," she said in an interview at her mother's home in suburban Virginia. "But I don't know if after this I'll be able to get a job." Mrs. Gardner, a 28-year-old divorcee with a daughter who is 12. has accused Rep. John Young, D-Tex.. of putting her on his payroll at a salary that reached S26.000 a year mainly for sex and refusing to allow her to do much meaningful work. She said she was treated as a 'dehumanized, degrading sex object. Young, 59, and the father of five, has called the allegation "poppycock" but won't confirm or deny a sexual relationship with her. » * * SHE ALSO has told reporters she was an eyewitness to a sexual encounter between Elizabeth Ray and Sen. Mike Gravel. D- Alaska. A source close to a federal investigation of the scandal says Miss Ray has said she was told to provide the sex by Rep. Kenneth J. Gray, who wanted to influence Gravel's support for a p u b l i c works project. Gray, an Illinois Democrat who retired last year, flatly denies the account. Gravel says he does not recall ever meeting Miss Ray. Mrs. Gardner, who several years ago knew Miss Ray, a former Gray staffer, said in the interview she chopped off her Colleen Gardner 'Dehumanized Sex Object' long platinum hair Friday night "so no one would recognize me." She puffed nervously on a cigarette as her worried mother cautioned her to measure her words. Mrs. Gardner said that she made her story public because in the future "I would hope other female Hill employes would be protected from these kinds of things by law." She said she was personally unaware of any legislative favors being exchanged for sex during the outing Gravel allegedly attended on Gray's houseboat one evening several years ago. "I thought it was a social gathering, a friendly gathering," she declared. "It wasn't a wild party. There were no orgies or anything like that." She said she wasn't shocked by any behavior on the boat, but she declined to comment on her earlier statements that she witnessed Miss Ray and Gravel having sex. * * * MRS. GARDNER said she knows other young women on Capitol Hill whose jobs include providing sexual favors, but she d i d n ' t name them. She said she didn't know if other congressmen were involved. Mrs. Gardner has said she first quit Young's staff in 1973. At the time, she went to the U.S. Attorney's office to tell about her relationship with Young. A Justice Department source said no action was taken because she had no evidence that a crime was committed. Mrs. Gardner said she went back to work for Young in the summer of 1975 be- cause "he called and promised there would be no pressures whatsoever. I was in debt, and I was in school." Asked why she did not quit again, she said. "I was very financially in debt at the time." Mrs. Gardner has finished her third year as an undergraduate at American University, where she is majoring in accounting and is said to be an excellent student. She said she has withdrawn from the university this summer because of the publicity. Miss Ray has told investigators she had sex on a houseboat with Sen. Mike Gravel after being told to do so by a congressman who wanted to influence Gravel's support for a public works project, a source close to the investigation said Saturday. 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