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Attorney for woman claiming she was sexually harassed by Jeff Hoover says new whistleblower lawsuit is false

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Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover Former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – An attorney for the woman who said she was sexually harassed by former Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover said much of a whistleblower lawsuit is false.

In November, Hoover resigned from his post after it was reported that he settled a sexual harassment claim made by a female staffer. At the time, Hoover said he never engaged in "unwelcome or unwanted conduct." He also said he never had sexual relations with the woman in question.

On Monday, a whistleblower lawsuit was filed that claimed Hoover had “sexual encounters” with the female staffer and then used GOP donor funds in an attempt to cover it up in a "secret" sexual harassment settlement.

Daisy Olivo, the communications director for the Kentucky House Republican Leadership, filed the suit  against the Legislative Research Commission claiming her job duties were effectively eliminated because of her role in confronting GOP leaders about the alleged harassment.

Garry Adams, an attorney for the initial sexual harassment accuser, issued a statement that denies two key elements of the whistleblower lawsuit:

"In her complaint, Ms. Olivo states that former Speaker Hoover and our client engaged in sexual relations. Our client has confirmed this is absolutely not true.

Likewise, our client was not coerced into resolving the matter. Among numerous inaccurate matters alleged by Ms. Olivo, our client did not advise her that the matter was resolved with “private funds pooled by prominent campaign donors.”

Hoover also issued a statement on Monday, saying in part:

"The allegations set forth in the whistleblower lawsuit filed today are absolutely not true. I have never engaged in sexual contact of any kind with any staff member during my 21 years in Frankfort. Never.”

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