Attorney says staffer who accused former Kentucky House speaker of harassment is resigning
Jeff Hoover has stepped down from his speaker position, but he has not resigned from his House seat. He denied the allegations.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The legislative staff member who reportedly accused former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover of sexual harassment plans to leave her position Monday, her lawyer said.
“It is my understanding that the resignation of our client is imminent,” attorney Thomas Clay said in an interview.
Clay declined to answer further questions. WDRB News is not naming the woman because she has alleged sexual harassment.
The Courier Journal first reported last week the allegations and a secret settlement reached by Hoover, a Republican from Jamestown.
Hoover stepped down from his speaker position on Sunday, but he has not resigned from his House seat. He has denied the allegations.
Hoover and a House staffer engaged in a series of lewd text messages that led to a complaint by that staff member, the newspaper reported.
"As inappropriate as those text messages were, I want to reiterate at no time did I engage in unwelcome of unwanted conduct of any kind, and at no time were there ever any sexual relations of any kind," Hoover told reporters Sunday in Frankfort. Hoover reached a confidential settlement with the woman.
Rep. Wesley Morgan, R-Richmond, told The Herald-Leader that three other Republican lawmakers were accused of sexual harassment.
On Saturday, Gov. Matt Bevin called for the resignations of any legislators who have settled a sexual harassment claim.
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