It’s a sugar-coated defense.
A senior FBI agent accused of sexually harassing a female colleague by sending her a photo of a rainbow-hued sex toy is innocent of the allegations — in part because the alleged “dildo” in the photo was actually a “candy sucker,” a Justice Department attorney claimed in a recent court filing.
Lawyer Kristina Morrison made the claim in a response to a lawsuit brought against Attorney General Merrick Garland, as head of the Justice Department, by Las Vegas FBI Supervisory Special Agent Karen Veltri.
Veltri claimed in the July lawsuit that she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment at the FBI’s office in Vegas, including by Supervisory Special Agent Robert Bennett, who allegedly texted her, “a photograph with a rainbow-colored dildo between his legs,” in November 2020.
“My Dick pic!!!!!” he wrote under the photo, according to the suit.
In response, Morrison did not deny Bennett sent the picture — but claimed the object was not a sex toy.
“Bennett did not send a picture of a dildo,” the attorney, writing on behalf of Garland, wrote in the response filed last week.
“Defendant admits that SA Bennett … sent a photo to Plaintiff of a rainbow-colored candy sucker between his legs, which Plaintiff knew was candy,” she added.
Veltri’s attorney said she was shocked by the response.
“She had no idea it was a piece of candy instead of a rubber dildo. That’s not evident in the picture,” attorney David Shaffer, who is representing the agent in the federal civil suit, told The Post.
“She is still shocked and dismayed by the fact that the FBI considers it OK to send a text of a candy shaped in the form of a penis instead of a rubber dildo and think it’s not sexual-harassment,” Shaffer added.
Morrison did not respond to request for comment.
In her complaint, Veltri also alleged Bennett texted her a number of times about his consumption of alcohol and about his weapons.
In one of the messages, Bennett allegedly asked Veltri to cover for him because he was hungover after a 2021 Super Bowl party.
“I’m out hanging with my buddy Chris had a good time at the Super Bowl party but I’m obviously f–king drunk so I won’t be in til noon or one,” the text read, according to the suit.
“I just don’t wanna bulls–t you I’m drunk as f–k and I need til noon or one to sober up to show up so handle s–t for me,” he added, the suit states.