UPDATE: Kentucky GOP caucus signals support for speaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The No. 2 ranking Republican in the Kentucky House of Representatives says Speaker Jeff Hoover has the full support of the caucus despite a report that he settled a sexual harassment claim with one of his staffers.

The 64-member House Republican Caucus met privately for several hours Friday afternoon to discuss the issue. House Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell told reporters Hoover called the report “rumor and allegation” and said Hoover “has the full support of this caucus right now.”

Hoover did not speak with reporters after the meeting. But earlier in the day, he told reporters he would not resign his leadership post. He has refused to comment on the report from The Courier-Journal that he settled a sexual harassment claim outside of court with one of his female staffers.

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