Court dismisses sexual harassment suit against Rep. Farenthold
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Sexual harassment charges against Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdThe biggest political upsets of the decade Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (R-Texas) from a former staffer were formally dropped in the D.C. District Court on Wednesday.

Farenthold and his former communications director Lauren Greene filed a joint stipulation of dismissal agreeing to dissolve the case. Under the terms, Greene is prohibited from trying to litigate the claims again.

"From the very beginning, I adamantly denied any wrongdoing and am glad to put this behind me and move forward. Recent events have reminded us all that these are very serious times that require very serious leadership and my focus is on where it belongs — doing my job," Farenthold said in a statement.


Greene had filed a lawsuit in December 2014 alleging that Farenthold had sexually harassed and discriminated against her based on gender. The complaints included claims that Farenthold told other staffers he had "sexual fantasies" and "wet dreams" about her, made comments about seeing her nipples through her shirt and hinted at gauging whether she was interested in a sexual relationship.

"Farenthold regularly drank to excess, and because of his tendency to flirt, the staffers who accompanied him to Capitol Hill functions would joke that they had to be on 'red head patrol' to keep him out of trouble," the court filing read.

Greene further alleged that Bob Haueter, the chief of staff, excluded her from senior staff meetings and publicly humiliated her. 

She was fired in July 2014 after working for Farenthold for about 18 months.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent ethics watchdog, recommended in September that the House Ethics Committee dismiss Greene's claim.