West Columbia Councilman Suing Mayor

West Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A lawsuit has been filed by a West Columbia City Councilman against the city's Mayor.

Councilman Boyd Jones is suing Mayor Joe Owens, claiming the Mayor made "false" and "defamatory" statements about him.

The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in Lexington County, states that sometime this year, Mayor Owens made statements to unidentified third parties that Councilman Jones "was accepting bribes, kick-backs or illegal payments from third parties" in exchange for use of a park in the Jones' Fifth District.

News19 has learned the park in question is the Rosamunda Percell-Butler Park in West Columbia.

Councilman Jones is asking for at least $200,000 in actual and punitive damages.

When reached by telephone Thursday night, Mayor Owens said he has not yet been made aware of the lawsuit, and said the allegations are "surprising" and that he was in "disbelief."

Councilman Jones declined to comment.


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