AP Source: GOP Congressman used public funds to settle sexual harassment claim

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas used taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokeswoman, according to an aide with knowledge of the settlement. Lauren Greene is a former communications director in the congressman’s office. She alleged in a 2014 federal lawsuit that […]

Accusers face risks in breaking nondisclosure agreements

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Confidentiality Dec 01, 2017 12:14AM (GMT 06:14) – 1047 words By MICHAEL TARM ,  AP Legal Affairs Writer Eds: With AP Photos. CHICAGO (AP) — Details of alleged sexual assaults by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, comedian Bill Cosby and other famous figures are now widely known in part because several accusers did something they […]

Nancy Pelosi calls on Conyers to resign amid sex allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat in the House on Thursday called on Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against the longest-serving member of the House. “The allegations against Congressman Conyers, as we have learned more since Sunday, are serious, disappointing and very credible. It’s very […]

Lauer says repairing damage is full-time job

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Lauer,2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 30, 2017 7:08AM (GMT 13:08) – 909 words By DAVID BAUDER ,  AP Media Writer Eds: Adds Lauer’s statement. NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Today” show host Matt Lauer, fired for sexual misconduct, said Thursday that repairing the damage that he has caused is now his full-time job. Lauer’s first public […]

Editorial: East Montgomery County deserves better than Metts as a JP or Commissioner, while the entire County government needs sexual harassment reform

ERIC YOLLICK*, The Golden Hammer It’s time for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts to go. The people of East Montgomery County deserve a lot better. Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are nothing short of an abuse of power. That’s what we’re seeing with the cases of Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Bill O’Reilly, Matt […]

Growing pressure on Conyers to resign after new accusations

BC-US–Congress-Sexual Misconduct-Conyers,2nd Ld-Writethru Nov 29, 2017 7:17AM (GMT 13:17) – 838 words By COREY WILLIAMS ,  Associated Press Eds: Adds comments from Conyers’ son. DETROIT (AP) — Pressure from fellow Democrats grew for Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign after a former staffer said the longest-serving member of the House made unwanted sexual advances that […]

NBC News fires Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Lauer,3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 29, 2017 7:02AM (GMT 13:02) – 398 words By DAVID BAUDER ,  AP Media Writer Eds: Stands as writethru to BC-US–Matt Lauer Fired. Links photo. Will be updated. With AP Photos. NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News has fired longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior,” making him […]

Sen. Franken back to work amid sexual misconduct allegations

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Franken,3rd Ld-Writethru Nov 27, 2017 6:56AM (GMT 12:56) – 713 words By ANNE FLAHERTY ,  Associated Press Eds: Updates with CBS interview. With AP Photos. WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he doesn’t remember whether he touched women inappropriately while having his picture taken with them at campaign events. The Democrat’s comments […]

Franken’s rising political star obscured by accusations

AP-US-Franken’s-Trajectory Nov 23, 2017 8:12PM (GMT 02:12) – 1097 words By ALAN FRAM and KYLE POTTER ,  Associated Press (Eds: Updates with Franken’s Thanksgiving statement of apology and regret. With AP Photos.) WASHINGTON (AP) — “Many of you have jobs, many of you have families,” Sen. Al Franken told Democratic leaders gathered on the eve […]

Democrats also juggling politics of sexual predation

BC-US–Sexual Misconduct-Democrats Nov 23, 2017 12:09AM (GMT 06:09) – 129 words By JULIET LINDERMAN and CALVIN WOODWARD ,  Associated Press Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos. AP Video. WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have been quick to support the women who have publicly accused powerful men of preying on them sexually. But the party is in something […]