Massa Faces Sex Harassment Suit From Aide He Paid $40K

Sketchy payout came day after resignation
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2010 8:48 AM CDT
This Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008 picture shows Eric Massa, former congressman for New York's 29th Congressional District in Rochester.   (AP Photo/David Duprey)

(Newser) – It's not a good time to be Eric Massa. The former New York congressman is facing a sex harassment complaint from his male former chief of staff—who took a sketchy $40,000 payout from Massa the day after his resignation, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Massa cut the check March 4 for "campaign management;" sources tell the Washington Post that they weren't aware Joseph Racalto was working Massa's campaign. Racalto's attorney acknowledged yesterday that he filed the complaint March 23; it is at least the second Massa faces.

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