Rep. Blake Farenthold settled sexual harassment claim for $84000

Rep. Blake Farenthold settled sexual harassment claim for $84000

Politico has reported that the unnamed Congressman is Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas, who was sued by his former communications director Lauren Greene for sexual harassment in 2014.

The congressman's former communications director, Lauren Greene, accused him of making sexually charged comments created to gauge whether she was interested in a sexual relationship.

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rep. George Holding (R-Ga.), Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), join other members of the House Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee in wearing 3D glasses while watching a demonstration of 3D technology on Capitol Hill in July 2013 in Washington, D.C. Farenthold reportedly settled a sexual harassment claim in 2014 with $84,000 with taxpayer funds.

Tune in to KXAN News at 5 pm and 6 pm for reaction and more details as this story develops. After complaining about comments Farenhold and another male staffer had made to her, Green said, she was sacked. She dropped her lawsuit after she and Farenthold came to a private settlement.

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., who is the top Republican on the House Administration Committee, told House Republicans Friday morning in a closed-door meeting that the Office of Compliance had made just one settlement for sexual harassment complaints, in the amount of $84,000 since 2012.

A joint statement drafted by the congressman and Greene, obtained by Politico but never released following the 2014 settlement, said the deal was reached to "save taxpayer dollars" from further litigation.The statement includes a denial from Farenthold over Greene's allegations, and requires all parties "deny all liability", according to Politico.

Rep. Blake Farenthold settled sexual harassment claim for $84000
Congress Used $84000 of Taxpayer Money to Settle a Sexual Harassment Claim

Farenthold at the time called the salacious allegations "outrageous" and said they were the product of an unhappy former staffer.

The fund is not the only source of settlement payments for lawmakers accused of misconduct.

Laura Cech, spokeswoman for the OOC, said the office's current officials do not recall ever providing records of hearings or decisions to congressional ethics committees.

The panel is also probing allegations that Conyers behaved inappropriately toward multiple female aides.

"While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question", Farenthold said in a statement.

It was already known that some $17 million in settlements have been paid by the Congressional office that handles workplace complaints, the Office of Compliance.

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