2nd Woman Comes Forward as Indiana AG Stays Defiant

Curtis Hill says he is 'falsely accused' of sexual misconduct, rejects calls to resign
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2018 6:00 PM CDT
Another Woman Accuses Indiana AG of Misconduct
In this May 10, 2018 photo, Curtis Hill, Indiana's Attorney General, warms up the crowd at the Trump and Pence rally in Elkhart, Ind.   (Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Another woman who says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched her has come forward, citing the courage of a state lawmaker who earlier went public with her story, as well as Hill's refusal to resign. Gabrielle McLemore, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Senate Democrats, told the AP on Friday that the Republican asked, "Do you know who I am?" and cornered her at a bar after the state legislative session came to a close in March. She said he proceeded to massage her back, while she worried what people who witnessed it would think. Eventually she mouthed the words "help me" to her intern, who interjected by asking McLemore if she wanted to go to the bathroom. McLemore said she never wanted to come forward. But she said Hill's repeated denials were frustrating. She said she also wants to set an example for other women.

Meanwhile, Hill said Friday he will not step down despite a surge of public officials from both parties calling for him to resign. Hill, a former Elkhart County prosecutor, said in a defiant statement posted to Twitter Friday afternoon that he has been "falsely accused" and demanded the right to "face my accusers" and review any evidence. The first accuser, Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, published her own account of the incident, which occurred at an Indianapolis bar on March 15, in the Northwest Indiana Times. She says Hill leaned toward her, put his hand on her back, slid it down and grabbed her buttocks. The lawmaker says she told Hill to "back off," but he approached her again later, put his hand on her back and said: "That skin. That back." Candelaria Reardon called on all Indiana residents of "good will" to demand Hill's resignation. (Read more Indiana stories.)

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