Former prospective aide accuses George Santos of ethics violations and sexual harassment


Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., the freshman lawmaker accused of fabricating key elements of his résumé, is being accused of ethics violations and sexual harassment by a former prospective congressional aide, in line with a letter posted Friday on Twitter.

Within the letter to the Home Ethics Committee, Derek Myers accused Santos of groping him when he labored for Santos’ workplace as a volunteer, and he requested an investigation into the allegation whether or not right process was adopted associated to his work as a volunteer in Santos’ workplace.

Myers stated that Santos provided him a job and that he briefly labored as a “volunteer” within the workplace whereas his paperwork was being processed earlier than the supply was rescinded final week.

Myers alleged that Santos requested him Jan. 25 whether or not he had an account on Grindr, a preferred courting app utilized by tens of millions of homosexual males, and that Santos stated he had a profile. Myers stated he was alone with Santos in his private workplace Jan. 25 working via mail correspondence when Santos “referred to as me ‘buddy’ and insisted I sit subsequent to him on a small couch.”

He alleged that Santos then invited him to go to karaoke that evening. Myers stated he declined Santos’ invitation earlier than Santos touched his groin and stated his husband was out of city.

Myers additionally alleged that his volunteer standing — which he stated included answering telephones, studying mail and corresponding with constituents — “inside a congressional workplace with out the proper procedures being adopted is in violation of the Home Ethics.”

Information of Myers’ allegations was first reported by The New York Instances. A spokesperson for Santos didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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A spokesperson for Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., the rating member of the Ethics Committee, confirmed to NBC Information that Myers’ letter had been obtained and declined to offer additional remark.

Myers tweeted Friday that he additionally filed a report with U.S. Capitol Police and a criticism with the Workplace of Congressional Ethics. Capitol Police haven’t responded to a request for remark.

Myers was charged final yr with wiretapping in Ohio after a small newspaper he ran printed courtroom audio testimony that another person recorded and despatched to him. Journalism organizations referred to as for all prices to be dropped.

Santos faces intense scrutiny after the bombshell Instances investigation in December confirmed a lot of his résumé appeared to have been manufactured, together with claims that he owned quite a few properties, was beforehand employed by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and had attended and graduated from Baruch Faculty.

Santos has admitted to some of the fabrications of his résumé whereas attempting to downplay his lies. In remarks to the New York Put up in December, he stated: “My sins listed here are embellishing my résumé. I’m sorry.”

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