The Latest: GOP leaders hire firm after harassment claims
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment claims at the Kentucky Capitol (all times local):
Kentucky’s House Republican leaders say they have hired a law firm to advise them on personnel matters following a sexual harassment settlement that resulted in the resignation of the Republican House speaker.
Lawmakers would not identify the law firm or say how much they would be paid. A spokesman said more information would be released later in the week.
GOP House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership position Sunday after admitting he settled a sexual harassment claim with a member of his staff.
Republican leaders say one staff member resigned Monday morning, but they did not identify that person. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the person who accused Hoover of sexual harassment planned to resign. An attorney representing that person declined to comment.
The FBI is now investigating sexual harassment and retaliation claims made by employees at Kentucky’s state Capitol.
FBI spokesman David Habich says the agency is reviewing the information to determine if federal laws were broken.
GOP House Speaker Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership position on Sunday after admitting he settled a sexual harassment claim outside of court with a member of his staff. Hoover denied engaging in harassing behavior, but said he did send text messages that were consensual but inappropriate. Hoover said he will remain in the legislature.
The settlement also involves three other Republican lawmakers, all chairmen of legislative committees. Republican House leaders said those lawmakers have been removed from their leadership positions pending the outcome of an independent investigation.