Sexual Harassment claims forces House speaker to step down

Jeff Hoover, the speaker of the Kentucky House, resigned officially from his office on Sunday following accusation leveled against concerning him sexually harassing some persons.

The Courier Journal had revealed that Jeff Hoover had secretly settled a claim against him by a woman who was a part of his legislative staff.

“I am guilty of engaging in text messages that were not appropriate, it was a consensual banter, yet I am sincerely sorry for it,” the lawmaker said in a conference with the press as he announced his decision.

The Courier Journal who cited sources that could attest to the events was the first to make public news regarding the settlement. Three of the parties involved in the agreement were all representatives from the Republican state, also included was the chief of staff to Jeff Hoover as reported by the newspaper.

The accuser who has not been clearly identified by the Courier Journal along with Hoover refused to comment on the events, including the lawyer of the accuser, the newspaper stated.

Hoover asks for forgiveness

In a tearful statement on Sunday, Hoover asked for the compassion and mercy of the general public, saying “it would be a great understatement to say that these past weeks have been trying for me, not just me but my family inclusive.”

Republican David Osborne, the speaker’s pro tempore said in a statement concerning the events, said that operational controls would be assumed by him for the meantime as he will be standing in as the acting speaker.

The resignation of the speaker emerges a day after the Governor of Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin, who is a Republican also, declared that every individual in public office who has been involved in a case of sexual harassment and has settled it should resign immediately.”