British Columbia

Former B.C. RCMP spokesperson settles sex harassment lawsuit

The lawsuit against former RCMP inspector Tim Shields had been scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday, but court documents show the parties agreed to dismiss the action without costs in May.

Court documents show the parties agreed to dismiss the action without costs in May

Tim Shields, pictured in April 2010. A woman sued the former RCMP inspector in 2013, alleging Shields made unwanted sexual advances toward her on numerous occasions. The lawsuit has been dimissed without costs. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

RCMP say a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that alleged a former spokesman for the force in British Columbia sexually harassed a civilian employee.

The lawsuit against former inspector Tim Shields had been scheduled to go to trial on Tuesday but court documents show the parties agreed to dismiss the action without costs in May.

RCMP Sgt. Janelle Shoihet says the terms of the settlement are confidential.

A lawyer for the woman who filed the lawsuit and an attorney for Shields did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Tim Shields pictured in January 2009. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

The civil claim also named the provincial justice minister and Canadian attorney general, alleging a top-down culture of harassment within the force.

Shields, the justice minister and the attorney general denied the allegations in statements of defence and none of the allegations were proven in court.

A different harassment lawsuit against Shields was also settled in February 2017. A B.C. Provincial Court judge found him not guilty of one count of sexual assault in a separate criminal case that ended in December.

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