Schumer was victim of fake sexual harassment allegations

Camille Fine

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) says he was the victim of an attempt to make false sexual harassment allegations against him.

Axios reported Tuesday that the publication had obtained a document that included alleged sexual harassment accusations against Schumer by a former female staffer.

{mosads}The 13-page document appeared to look like a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, but lacked information that would have normally been included in the document, like a lawyer for the former staffer.

The woman mentioned in the document said that she didn’t write the document, that her signature was forged and that none of the allegations are true.

“The claims in this document are completely false, my signature is forged and even basic facts about me are wrong,” she told Axios in a statement.

“I have contacted law enforcement to determine who is responsible. I parted with Senator Schumer’s office on good terms and have nothing but the fondest memories of my time there,” she said.

The woman worked in the senator’s office from 2009 to 2012 but now works elsewhere in the federal government.

Schumer’s office also said they turned over the document to Capitol Police for investigation.

“The document is a forged document and every allegation is false. We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken,” Schumer spokesman Matt House told Axios.

“We believe the individual responsible for forging the document should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent other malicious actors from doing the same,” he said.

The female staffer said reporters from other publications including CNN, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed had also asked about the document.



The forged lawsuit comes as several lawmakers resign over accusations of sexual misconduct. Three lawmakers stepped down or announced their resignations last week.

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