Three women accuse Michigan state lawmaker of sexual harassment

Three women accuse Michigan state lawmaker of sexual harassment
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A third woman has accused a Michigan state lawmaker of sexual harassment weeks after he previously made headlines for telling a female reporter a group of boys from a Catholic school could “have a lot of fun” with her.

Melissa Osborn, a regulatory affairs specialist for the Michigan Credit Union League, told Crain’s Detroit Business that state Sen. Peter Lucido (R) commented on her clothes and physical appearance and touched her lower back and upper buttocks at an annual governmental affairs conference in May.

“He was looking at me up and down, and he stayed there for several minutes, making these comments about my appearance and my look and what he liked about it,” she told the publication.

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Lucido’s colleague, Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D), previously filed a complaint against Lucido, saying that he touched her in a similar manner in November 2018 shortly after she was elected to her seat, and made comments at a training session suggesting she won because she was attractive.

Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue, meanwhile, previously said that Lucido told her on Jan. 14 that a nearby group of Catholic schoolboys visiting the state capitol could “have a lot of fun” with her, prompting the Senate Business Office to open an investigation into him.

Lucido said the exchange was a “misunderstanding” but later claimed he was misquoted.

The Hill has reached out to Lucido’s office for comment.