Former Carson aide accused of sexual harassment
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A top adviser to Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson's calendar includes trips to Florida on Fridays: report The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Dems grapple with race, gender and privilege Ben Carson says he will step down after Trump's first term ends MORE’s presidential bid has been sued over accusations of sexual harassment, according to a new report.

A former employee filed a lawsuit against Armstrong Williams Wednesday in the District Court for the District of Columbia, accusing him of sexual assault, battery and failure to pay wages, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

The lawsuit, from former aide Charlton Woodyard, claims Williams invited Woodyard to his home last November for a business discussion that turned inappropriate.

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“I’m attracted to you, that’s just a fact,” Williams told Woodyard, 30 years his junior, according to the suit.

Woodyard’s suit claims Williams groped him after first demanding a massage in his bed.

The lawsuit further alleges that Williams damaged Woodyard's career after he rebuked Williams's advances. 

Woodyard says Williams had helped him find a job at an Alabama television station run by Howard Strik Holdings, a company Williams owns. But after the alleged incident, Woodyard was demoted and ultimately fired.

In an interview with the Times, Williams denied the claims. He said that Woodyard had lived with him temporarily and often stayed out late partying. He claimed Woodyard was fired for incompetence.

“This is someone that I cared about,” Williams said. "I’m single, I’m a bachelor. We were tight, we were buddies, we hung out."

“I’ve had these kinds of allegations before,” added Williams, who settled a similar lawsuit in 1997. "He wants to get paid for doing nothing.”

Williams served as Carson’s business manager before the retired neurosurgeon suspended his White House run in March.

Woodyard’s suit additionally alleges Williams worried Carson was too “slow” and “naive” to win the presidency.