It seems KY3 is a bit behind on this story since the Springfield News-Leader carried it last week, but the woman named as Father Phillip Bucher's girlfriend in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bucher, Bishop John J. Liebrecht, and the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese has denied any improper relationship with Bucher.
The Turner Report was the first media outlet to report the lawsuit, in which Glenna McKitterick of Branson says she was sexually harassed by Bucher, then was fired after complaining about it.
The Springfield television station reports that Bucher and the woman named in the lawsuit as his girlfriend, Carol Giannini, own a house together in Albuquerque, N. M., and have owned at least two homes in that city since the mid-1990s. "We just own things together like you own things together, like an investment," Ms. Giannini told KY3.
The court file in Springfield also contains cards Ms. Giannini sent to her grandchildren signed "Grandma and Phillip," according to the report.
It’s unfair to see a totally healthy relationship like ours tossed into the worst light," Ms. Giannini told the TV station.