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Louisville Metro Council president sends Dan Johnson letter restricting movement at City Hall

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Council President David Yates has sent council member Dan Johnson a letter restricting his movement at City Hall and demanding at least an hour of advance notice before he arrives on the property..

The letter, dated July 4, says the demands were prompted by concerns from council members who say Johnson's presence makes them uncomfortable.

"Furthermore, it has recently been brought to my attention that some metro council employees are fearful and intimidated by your physical presence," the letter states. "In an effort to amicably resolve the situation, I am requesting that you refrain from the second floor at any time and that you notify my office, via email (david.yates@louisvilleky.gov) at least an hour prior to arriving at City Hall to provide an opportunity for those employees to make any necessary arrangements."

"I understand the situation is not ideal," the letter continues, "however, given the recent events and allegations I do not believe these requests are overly burdensome and thus, appreciate your anticipated willingness to accommodate."

Additionally, Yates, in the letter, notifies Johnson that he is removing him from his role as Vice Chair of the Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee. Yates says he is doing so, "in light of recent events and in order to preserve decorum of the Louisville Metro Council."

The District 21 Democrat has been under fire since fellow council member Jessica Green said in early June that Johnson grabbed and squeezed her backside at a public event. 

Johnson eventually issued an apology letter, saying he won't run for re-election and will get counseling. But he later had an attorney send Green a cease and desist letter threatening legal action.

Erin Hinson, a legislative assistant for Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet, says that in 2016, Johnson exposed his naked rear end to her in a parking lot. At the time, it was brushed off as an accident. Leet has since hired a private security guard for Hinson, which Minority Caucus Director Steve Haag says Leet paid for out of her own pocket.

Tony Hyatt, spokesman for the Democratic Caucus at Metro Council confirmed that Leet's office is located on the second floor of City Hall, and her concerns are what prompted the restrictions in Yates' letter.

A copy of the letter appears below:

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