With more pressure to remove Metro Councilman Dan Johnson from office, a group of west Louisville churchgoers demanded action at Thursday night's council meeting.

We're told Johnson was with his wife at a dinner that was a prior commitment. And in his absence, dressed in green and holding signs, the support for Councilwoman Jessica Green was in full force. 

"Let's be fair and protect (Green's) dignity," Lizzie Miller told council members.

"We have been praying for her as she deals with the trauma," added Rev. Russell Awkard of New Zion Baptist Church.

Johnson's seat was noticeably empty, as members of Green's district called on the council to punish him.

"We call for an appropriate and immediate discipline for Dan Johnson," Roselyn Kelcy said. "We beg you to do the right thing."

Green fought back tears while thanking her supporters. She said she's been "overwhelmed" since making the fondling allegations against Johnson public.

"It is not always easy or comfortable to speak up, but I felt it was the right thing to do," Green said, addressing the crowd. "It warms my heart, and I know I am blessed to have the people of God standing with me."

Earlier Thursday, Johnson called Green's allegations "false" and a "distraction to the public."

Johnson released a statement, saying, in part: "This has been another desperate and malicious act by a few Democratic caucus members wishing to install their hand-picked crony as a council member."

Green said she has no idea what he's referring to.

"I have not talked to any individual who has ever expressed any interest in running in office," Green said. "I've never made any donations to anybody. I have no idea who he's referring to."

Green said she's encouraged by the support of her fellow caucus members. She hopes it sends a message to the entire city ... that sexual harassment won't be tolerated.

"We are going to bring down the hammer," Green said.

Metro Council Democrats expelled Johnson from their caucus. They requested that he resigns from council by Aug. 1 or is at risk of being removed.

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