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Congressman Farenthold’s Statement on Sexual Harassment Settlement

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Representative Blake Farenthold used $84,000 in taxpayer dollars to settle with a former aide who sued him for sexual harassment in 2014.

Farenthold is the first member of congress confirmed to have benefited from a treasury department fund created to cover workplace settlements involving lawmakers. 
The congressional office of compliance disclosed today the fund paid for only one sexual harassment settlement involving a house lawmaker's office in the past five years, but did not name Farenthold.
The congressman's former communications director, Lauren Greene, accused him of making sexually charged comments designed to gauge whether she was interested in a sexual relationship. 
She filed suit after going through the OOC's counseling and mediation process. 
Farenthold denied wrongdoing in the case.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) released the following statement Friday:

“While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question,” said Farenthold.

With reference to the litigation involving my office, I refer you to the statement released at the time that case was resolved:

“Defendant disagrees strongly with the Plaintiff’s allegations in the Complaint, and Congressman Farenthold adamantly denies that he engaged in any wrongdoing.  Plaintiff similarly disagrees with the Defendant’s allegations in the Answer.  However, after it became clear that further litigating this case would come at great expense to all involved – including the taxpayers – the parties engaged in mediation with a court-appointed mediator.  After extensive discussion and consideration, the parties jointly agreed to accept the solution proposed by the mediator.  The parties believe that the mediator’s solution saves the parties, and the taxpayers, significant sums that would be expended in further discovery and /or trial.  The parties’ settlement expressly provides that both parties deny all liability.  The parties look forward to moving beyond the allegations found in both the Complaint and the Answer, and wish each other the best.  The strict confidentiality provisions of the Congressional Accountability Act, 2 U.S.C. 1416 preclude the parties from revealing any other information regarding this matter; accordingly, no further comment is permissible.” 

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