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Oregon Dem Wu Accused of Sex Assault

Young woman accused rep of unwanted sexual encounter
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2011 6:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's been almost two months since a House Democrat got into sex-related trouble, so Oregon's David Wu—he of mentally unstable, tiger-suited fame—is again making headlines. A young woman is accusing the rep of an unwanted sexual encounter, which she says took place last Thanksgiving. The woman, whom the Oregonian says is the daughter of a "longtime friend and campaign donor" and a 2010 high school graduate, left a voicemail at Wu's Oregon office this spring accusing him of aggressive sexual behavior.

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When staffers confronted Wu, he acknowledged the incident, but insisted it was consensual. He's been dodging the Oregonian for five days, but last night issued a terse response: "This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family." A lawyer for the woman and her parents yesterday told a reporter "they are not interested in talking;" sources tell the paper they believe there's not sufficient evidence to press charges. The Oregonian in 2004 reported that a college girlfriend accused Wu of attempted rape. (Read more David Wu stories.)

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