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Ethics Committee is investigating New York MP Tom Reed over groping allegations

New York Republican Tom Reed is under investigation by House’s ethics committee after a former lobbyist said he groped her drunk in 2017.

Reed, who is married and 20 years older than woman, initially said report was incorrect. Two days later, he apologized, saying he would neither challenge Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo nor run for re-election in House.

“Simply put, my behavior caused her pain, showed her disrespect, and was unprofessional. I was wrong, I’m sorry, and I take responsibility, “Reed said in a March 21 statement. He noted at time of misconduct that he “struggled” with alcoholism and was treated that year and admitted that he is “powerless” in alcohol. ”

ethics committee investigation, announced Friday, comes after Nicolette Davis told Washington Post that when she was a 25-year-old lobbyist on a fundraiser in Minnesota, a drunk Reed was sitting next to her in an Irish pub and she was one Rubbed her back, loosened her bra with his hand outside her blouse, put his hand on her thigh and moved him up. Davis asked for help from someone seated next to her and he pulled Reed away from table and out of the pub, she told the Post.

“The committee is aware of public allegations that representative Tom Reed may have committed sexual misconduct that violates house rules, laws or other standards of conduct,” said a statement from the house’s ethics committee.

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