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Governor’s Aide Cooperates In Investigation of Sexual Harassment Charge

March 1, 1995

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ A former press aide who accused Gov. Mike Lowry of sexual harassment said today she is cooperating with an independent investigation.

Susanne Albright said she met Monday with independent investigator Mary Alice Theiler, who was asked to look into the allegations by the governor’s office.

``Although recounting the details of my experience were painful, I answered all of her questions fully and truthfully,″ Albright said in a statement issued by her lawyer, Larry Finegold.

Albright has claimed that the governor committed repeated, persistent acts of sexual harassment, but she has not filed a formal complaint or given details. Finegold has said the harassment involved physical contact.

``I left the governor’s office last November because of a very clear and persistent pattern of unacceptable and intolerable behavior by the governor toward me,″ she said in her statement today.

Lowry has denied any wrongdoing, saying his ``comradeship stuff″ and gregarious nature may have been misread by some women.

Since no lawsuit has been filed in Albright’s case, Attorney General Christine Gregoire has refused to investigate.

Last spring, a Washington State Patrol fingerprint technician said Lowry ground ``his chest, torso and groin″ into her as she took his fingerprints for a security clearance. An investigation found no proof of her claim. Lowry and his staff underwent sensitivity training as a result.

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