OKMULGEE (AP) — The chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is being sued by a woman who claims a longtime affair with the chief and alleges that he physically abused and manipulated tribal staff members to cover up the relationship and promised her consulting jobs.
The lawsuit by Johnna Townsend against Principal Chief George Tiger was filed Monday in Okmulgee County District Court.
Tiger told the Tulsa World that he had not read the lawsuit and would not comment on it.
"My focus is going to be just continuing to work on the positive things for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation," he said.
The lawsuit alleges various incidents between Tiger and Townsend, including one in which Tiger allegedly wrestled Townsend to the floor and took telephone from her hands when she threatened to tell his wife about their affair.
Townsend’s attorney, Anthony Allen, said his client had been in a turbulent and emotionally manipulative relationship with Tiger for an unspecified number of years.
"I think she was star struck by a very charismatic guy," Allen said. "She thought she was in love, and for him it was a game throughout."
According to Townsend’s lawsuit, Tiger made good on his promise, and Townsend gained a consulting contract with the Creek Nation Housing Division and a contract to consult for Tiger personally.
The lawsuit also claims that relatives of Tiger became aware of the affair and began to harass Townsend.
Townsend filed for a protective order and subpoenaed Tiger to appear at a hearing for the protective order, Allen said, and a letter from Roger Wiley, the tribe’s attorney general, to the Okmulgee County court clerk, said the tribe is not subject to Oklahoma courts.
Tiger said he had not seen any such subpoena.