Block in Brown Case

A federal appeals court has stymied the appeal of a former publicist for James Brown who sued him claiming sexual harassment.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that the statute of limitations had run out before the suit was filed.

The opinion held that the two-year statute of limitations begins as soon as the victim learns that an injury has been inflicted.

Jacque Hollander claimed in the suit that she was raped by Brown at gunpoint in 1988.

Hollander filed suit in 2005 upon discovering she had a thyroid problem, which her doctor attributed to the alleged rape.

The allegation has been denied by Brown’s attorneys.