WASHINGTON- Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) on Friday said a former staffer’s claim that he sexually harassed her is false.
“I absolutely deny this allegation of misconduct,” he said in a statement. “I have never sexually harassed anyone in my 25 years of service in the United States Congress, or in my 40 years of public service, or at any other time.”
Reese Emerson, at a Friday afternoon news conference in Arlington, Va., said her employment as a legislative aide to the congressman ended in the fall of 2013 after she refused his advances.
Reese was accompanied by her attorney, Republican lobbyist Jack Burkman. Burkman for a time served as the attorney for the family of slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, whose 2016 death is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories.
The allegations against Scott come as sexual harassment scandals have recently rocked Capitol Hill.
Last week Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) resigned from Congress following allegations of sexual misconduct. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) last week announced that he will resign after facing allegations of sexual misconduct.