Indiana AG Accused of Groping Lawmaker and Others' Butts
In the age of #MeToo, it is a wonder that anyone in the public spotlight, particularly government officials, would think suggestively touching colleagues at a work party is okay. As we've seen since the movement started, a person doesn't have to be as bad as Weinstein or Cosby to get taken down.
Indiana's Attorney General is accused of groping four women, in one night, in March of this year, including a state representative. And while he has denied the accusations, that denial isn't really helping, particularly as a report prepared by a law firm for some legislative leaders appears to corroborate the accusations, while seeming to conclude that his actions likely didn't constitute a hostile work environment because the work-party was unofficial.
Details of the Accusations
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, while attending an "unofficial" end-of-session party for the state's legislature, at a bar, is alleged to have intentionally touched, or grabbed, a few butts. Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon, one of the victims, stated that AG Hill went so far as to grope her underneath her clothing.
Though Hill is denying the accusations, the fact that he was allegedly drinking at the party doesn't bode well for him. These types of accusations never do. And though many lawmakers are calling for Hill to step down, he has steadfastly refused. Instead, Hill claims that he is a victim of false social media persecution, which, unfortunately for him, requires the public to believe him over an elected state representative and three other women, each with detailed, sobering, stories of how Hill groped them. Notably, the state inspector general opened an investigation into the matter last week.
It is likely rather unbelievable to many that a state attorney general would just go around grabbing women's butts. However, who would have expected Cosby? And believing Hill means disbelieving Reardon and the other three victims.
While Hill's decrying of social media looks like flailing, his claim that the public has an "appetite for destruction" was maybe true in 1987 when Guns and Roses released their debut album, but not anymore. Now it seems thanks to the #MeToo movement, it's more about finally getting the justice that was promised alongside of equal rights.
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