Democrats call for GOP lawmakers to resign over sexual abuse allegations

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Rep. Jeff Hoover
Rep. Jeff Hoover (Photo Courtesy: www.lrc.ky.gov)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Democratic Party is calling for two state representatives to resign.

It comes after a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigate Reporting, detailing allegations of sexual harassment against former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and Representative Michael Meredith.

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The Kentucky Center for Investigative Journalism says it has a transcript of a deposition given by a woman, referred to as “Jane Doe,” who started working for the Kentucky House Republican caucus in 2015 when she was 21.

According to the report, Jane Doe testified under oath Hoover sexually assaulted her more than 50 times, including groping her in a hallway and elevator and touching her between her legs.

She also says Representative Meredith made vulgar remarks to her.



Following the release of the report, the Kentucky Democratic Party sent out the following statement:

“State Representatives Hoover and Meredith must resign immediately. Screaming at female staffers in public, demanding sexual favors, and harassing women repeatedly cannot be tolerated. The behavior described by the woman they targeted and other witnesses is horrifying. Republican Leadership has ignored this for far too long, it is time for them to take action.”

The Republican Party of Kentucky also released a statement:

“Sexual harassment has existed in Frankfort for decades; far pre-dating today’s Republican Leadership. Sadly, it is only now being addressed in a real and meaningful way. The problem is not partisan, it is cultural and since becoming Acting-Speaker and now Speaker of the House, David Osborne and his team have been working hard to resolve the issue by changing procedures to help report and prevent future problems. We applaud Speaker Osborne, the bi-partisan leadership team of the LRC and Governor Bevin and his Personnel team in the Executive Branch for their continued efforts to make Frankfort and State Government as a whole a better, safer place for its employees.”