|Dye (left) with Gov. Mike Pence during Red Coat Award Ceremony presented by the Mad Anthonys this year|
According to the lawsuit filed by Kathy Gonya, she began working for Dye's Heritage Food Service in 1996. Between August 2012 and January 2013 when Gonya worked as an executive assistant for Dye's Brigadoon Financial, she alleges that he forced her into sexual acts with him on numerous occasions. Gonya's lawsuit claims she first informed Marilyn "Mimi" Lahr, Brigadoon Financial's president and her sister, in October 2012 that she had been raped by Dye. Gonya left the company in October 2013 after she alleges Dye fired her in retaliation for reporting the alleged sexual assaults.
Dye, who is represented by Allen Co. GOP Chairman Steve Shine, has filed a counter-claim against Gonya for defamation. Dye's countersuit claims he had a consensual sexual relationship with Gonya dating back several years, including a time before her husband died in 2009, noting she never reported any of the alleged assaults to law enforcement. His countersuit says the two experienced a "loss of connection" in 2012 and their sexual relationship ended. Dye accuses Gonya of timing the filing of her lawsuit at the same time of the Hotel Fitness-sponsored Web.com PGA tour in August at Sycamore Hills. Dye is seeking $1 million in damages each to himself and his Brigadoon Financial. Dye claims that Gonya contacted him through his attorney and requested a payment of $1.5 million before filing her claim against him.
Two days after Gonya filed her suit, Shine filed a motion with the court to seal the case's records. The Journal-Gazette sought to intervene in the suit to contest Shine's motion to seal. Shine withdrew his motion to seal on Friday after Judge David Avery, granted permission to the Journal-Gazette to intervene.
Dye has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party and its candidates over the past several years. He contributed $101,000 to the Allen Co. Republican Party just this year alone. He has contributed at least $90,000 each to the Indiana State Republican Party and the House Republican Campaign Committee. Dye contributed over $30,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2012 election cycle