Indiana AG Hill says he will not resign over sexual harassment claims
INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- Embattled Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he will not resign amid sexual harassment allegations.
Hill made a brief statement Monday morning and said he never dreamed this could happen. "I stand before you a condemned man. Condemned without trial. Condemned without notice... Apparently in this climate, the standard is guilty, but who cares if you're innocent."
He said "we are living in a time when accusations alone have the power of conviction."
Hill blamed an accusation in a leaked "inaccurate, confidential report" that formed the basis for the calls for his resignation. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and Statehouse GOP leaders last week called on Hill to resign. Dozens of protesters rallied for his resignation Saturday outside the Statehouse.
"Now, I'm being called upon to resign by the governor and others. I wish he had reached out to me before rushing to judgment," he said. Hill added that, "calls for my resignation are unwarranted and should be rescinded."
An internal legislative memo leaked to media outlets says a lawmaker and three legislative staffers allege Hill drunkenly groped them during a March party. Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and Gabrielle McLemore, the Indiana Senate Democrats' communications director, say they were among the victims.
Hill, a Republican, said he's not stepping down. "I will not resign today. I look forward to the day, when I can speak freely and answer the questions you have."
He ended the news conference by saying he was going to get back to work. "A week ago today, I had a name, and I want my name back," he said.
Following Hill's remarks, Reardon released a statement saying he has betrayed the public trust and "lied about his actions to the very citizens he serves."
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