Indiana Attorney General sued over sexual harassment claims

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Four women have sued the Indiana Attorney General and the state of Indiana in connection to sexual harassment claims from more than a year ago.

Charges have been filed against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. Those charges include sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

All four women appeared standing side by side at the news conferences with attorney.

They say hill and the state of Indiana need to be held accountable for hill’s alleged inappropriate touching at a party in March 2018 — and the alleged retaliation in the workplace since they’ve come forward.

Gabriell Mclemore is a legislative staffer who says the she and women naming hill in the suit have leaned on each other.

“They have been an inspiration and an enormous support over the past year as we’ve pursued several remedies against Curtis Hill for the actions, he took against us on March 15th, 2018. We have participated in numerous conversations and offered guidance and meetings and other conversations over the past year, yet nothing has changed to provide a safer environment for Hoosier workers. Illegal and improper behavior should be addressed by our laws, no matter the perpetrators titles.”

Hill has denied the allegations against him.

A criminal investigation into the matter resulted in no charges for Hill.

Hill is also facing an October hearing in front of a Disciplinary Commission on possible sanctions from the Indiana Supreme Court, where he could face disbarment.

Original Story

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The four women who accused Indiana’s attorney general of drunkenly groping them during a party are holding a news conference with their lawyers.

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The law firm representing the women says an announcement is coming Tuesday about legal action regarding the allegations against Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill. The women’s lawyers said in October they intended to sue Hill .

Hill is accused of touching the backs or buttocks of a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. A special prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against Hill, who has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for his resignation.

He faces an October hearing on possible sanctions from the state Supreme court, which could include up to disbarment as an attorney.

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(This story was originally published on June 18, 2019)

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