Brandt Ayers Steps Down After Accusations


The chairman of a local newspaper company resigns after accusations of assault more than 40 years ago. Brandt Ayers stepped down as chairman of the board of Consolidated Publishing Co. yesterday.

At least three women have said that Ayers assaulted them in the mid-1970s. One woman, Veronica Kennedy, says Ayers forcibly removed her from her chair and hit her 18 times with a metal ruler. Ayers’ wife, Josephine Ayers will replace him as chairman.

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