George Santos is accused of sexual harassment in his Capitol office

A would-be congressional aide has accused Rep. George Santos of ethics violations and sexual harassment, according to a letter the man sent to the House Committee on Ethics and posted on Twitter Friday.

The man, Derek Myers, worked briefly in Mr Santos’ office before his job offer was rescinded earlier this week, the letter said.

Mr. Myers said in the letter that he was alone with Mr. Santos in his office on January 25 when the congressman asked if he had a profile on Grindr, a popular gay dating app. Then, he said, Mr. Santos invited him to karaoke and touched his groin, assuring him that her husband was out of town.

Mr. Myers’ account could not be corroborated, but a spokeswoman for Rep. Susan Wild, a senior member of the House Ethics Committee, acknowledged that his letter was received by her office.

Mr. Myers said in an interview that he also filed a report with Capitol Police, speaking to an officer by phone. On Twitter, he said that he was making his complaint public for the sake of transparency.

“These are serious offenses and the evidence and facts will speak for themselves if the committee takes up the case,” he wrote.

A day before making his complaint public, Mr. Myers came to attention following the release of recordings he had secretly made of Mr. Santos and his chief of staff, Charley Lovett.

Mr Myers was charged last year with wiretapping in Ohio, after a small newspaper he published published the audio of courtroom testimony that someone other recorded and sent to him. Journalism organizations rallied around him, calling for the charges to be dropped in the name of press freedom.

Mr. Santos told start-up Semafor on Thursday that his office was in the process of hiring Mr. Myers, but had decided not to because of concerns about wiretapping charges. Mr Lovett confirmed the same to Talking Points Memo.

Mr. Santos, a Republican representing New York’s third congressional district, is the subject of numerous investigations into his business and campaign finances. Mr. Santos’ communications director did not respond to requests for response, referring the matter to his personal attorney. His attorney declined to comment on Mr. Myers’ allegations.

Mr Myers claimed the alleged harassment happened five days before he secretly taped Mr Santos. In that conversation, the audio of which was published by Talking Points Memo, Mr. Myers declared his loyalty to Mr. Santos, telling him: “We are all George, this is how we got here. We are just the masters of the game.

At another point, Mr. Myers says on the tape: “I would never lie to you guys. I have no reason to. But I will lie for you.

“You shouldn’t,” replies Mr. Santos.

In his letter to the ethics committee, Mr. Myers said he was told he would be working in Mr. Santos’ office as a volunteer before his employment paperwork was processed.

He said in the letter that he now believed such an arrangement violated House ethics rules, and he asked the committee to investigate Mr. Santos for his use of pro bono work as well as harassment. sexual.

It is unclear how the ethics committee will proceed. Tom Rust, the committee’s chief counsel and staff director, declined to comment, and Ms. Wild’s spokeswoman said the congresswoman would not “comment regarding potential or pending issues before the committee.” .

Capitol Police did not respond to messages seeking confirmation that Mr. Myers had filed a report.


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