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Rising Political Star in Indiana Accused of Groping 4 Women

Attorney General Curtis Hill was investigated over accusations at a bar
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 3, 2018 8:08 AM CDT
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill speaks during the Third Annual Drug Summit at Indiana Wesleyan University's Barnes Student Center in Marion, Ind., Friday, June 1, 2018.   (Jeff Morehead/The Chronicle-Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill was investigated this year after four women claimed he touched them inappropriately at a bar. The Indianapolis Star obtained an eight-page memo written by the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister, which wrote the document for legislative leaders who investigated the allegations. The memo states that a lawmaker and three legislative staffers said Hill inappropriately touched them at a party March 15, after Indiana's legislative session closed. Hill denied the allegations, reports the AP. "At no time ... did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner," Hill said in a statement. He also said he was never contacted by an investigator and hasn't "been informed of who made these allegations." But legislative leaders said Monday "the matter has been addressed with the Attorney General to the satisfaction of the employees involved."

One accuser, however, expressed anger over Hill's denial. She said the women involved were treated fairly, but was "disappointed that nothing can be done to censure him formally." The document states Hill's alleged conduct with the legislative employees may have been "inappropriate," but was "likely not severe or pervasive enough to result in a hostile work environment." However, the firm found that Hill's conduct toward the lawmaker was "egregious enough to meet the threshold of 'severe.'" The lawmaker said an intoxicated Hill put his hands on her back, slid them down her back, put them under her clothes, and grabbed her buttocks. She told him to "back off," but said Hill later reached under her clothing and grabbed her. Hill is viewed as a rising GOP star; he spoke at a rally held by President Trump in May and has visited the White House several times.

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