Report: Taxpayers paid sexual harassment settlement

Posted at 12:02 AM, Dec 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-09 00:02:08-05

Roll Call, which covers Capitol Hill, says the U.S. Treasury Department paid 220 thousand dollars to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2014 involving South Florida Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings. 

Roll call reports a former congressional commission staff member alleged that Hastings touched her, made unwanted sexual advances and threatened her job. 

Hastings called the charges 'ludicrous' and Politico Florida reports Hastings says he did not know until after the fact of any financial settlement. 

Hastings also said he was cleared in 2014 by the House Committee on Ethics.