Santos rejects unwanted sexual advances allegation from ex-prospective staffer

Santos denies sexual harassment accusation from ex-prospective staffer

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Representative George Santos, a Republican from New York, shows up for a vote at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, United States, on Tuesday,Jan 31, 2023.

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RepublicanRep George Santos on Monday rejected searching a previous potential staffer in his congressional workplace, calling the unwanted sexual advances accusation “comical.”

Santos, the embattled freshman legislator from New York who is dealing with a list of other scandals and examinations, stated he “of course” rejects the current claim “100%,” CNN reported.

That rejection came 3 days after Santos’ accuser, Derek Myers, stated he had actually submitted a report asking the U.S. Capitol Police and the House Committee on Ethics to examine the supposed unwanted sexual advances occurrence.

Myers likewise asked the principles panel to probe Santos’ workplace for apparently appointing him personnel tasks and assuring him future work while he was an overdue volunteer, according to a letter Myers published on Twitter.

Neither NBC News nor CNBC have actually had the ability to individually substantiate the letter’s accusations.

A spokesperson for Santos’ workplace referred CNBC to his legal representative, who decreased to comment. The U.S. Capitol Police did not instantly react to CNBC’s ask for talk about Myers’ declared report.

Myers’ participation with Santos initially emerged recently, when Talking Points Memo released audio that Myers had actually surreptitiously taped inside the congressman’s workplace. That audio, which explained Myers as a regional news press reporter, kept in mind that he had actually been charged in 2015 with wiretapping after his outlet released dripped audio of courtroom testament. The not-for-profit Committee to Protect Journalists has actually required those charges to be dropped.

In his letter published Friday, Myers stated that Santos sexually bothered him onJan 25 while the 2 males were alone in the congressman’s individual workplace reviewing constituent mail. Santos had actually asked Myers previously in the day if he had a profile on the LGBTQ dating app Grindr, sharing that “he, himself had a profile,” Myers’ letter stated.

Myers composed that Santos called him “buddy” and “insisted” that Myers sit beside him on a little couch prior to “placing his hand on my left leg, near my knee and saying, ‘Hey buddy, we’re going to karaoke tonight. Would you like to go?'”

Myers decreased, and Santos then “proceeded to take his hand and move it down my leg into my inner-thigh and proceeded to touch my groin,” according to the letter. “He then proceeded to look at me and say, ‘My husband is out of town tonight if you want to come over,'” and shared his address with Myers, the letter declared.

Myers stated he pressed Santos’ hand away and went back to talking about constituent mail, then quickly afterwards left the workplace quickly. Five days later on, Myers composed, he was beckoned to Santos’ workplace and “asked about my background as a journalist” and matters that “had already been disclosed” in previous conversations with working with supervisors.

OnFeb 1, Myers’ task deal was rescinded, the letter declared. He had actually been used a personnel position simply over a week previously onJan 23, and had actually started carrying out different tasks in the workplace the next day, however he was informed that his title would be “volunteer” up until his onboarding documents had actually been processed, according to the letter.

“Since this, I have learned that such volunteer work within a Congressional office without the correct procedures being followed is in violation of the House Ethics,” Myers composed in requesting for an examination of the matter.

The workplace of the House Committee on Ethics’ Republican bulk did not instantly react to CNBC’s ask for talk about Myers’ letter. A representative forRep Susan Wild, the leading ranking Democrat on the panel, informed NBC that the workplace had actually gotten the letter. The Office of Congressional Ethics, a nonpartisan entity that Myers had actually tagged in his Twitter thread, likewise did not instantly react to an ask for remark.