Report: Central Texas lawmaker paid $84K to settle sexual harassment claim

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) –  Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, used $84,000 dollars of taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint from his former spokeswoman, according to a report from Politico.

The D.C. based news outlet reports that Lauren Greene, Farenthold’s former communications director, sued him in December 2014 over “gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment.”

“While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question,” Farenthold told Politico in a statement.


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