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Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Rep. Blake Farenthold reportedly identified as lawmaker behind $84000 sexual harassment settlement

Rep. Blake Farenthold reportedly identified as lawmaker behind $84000 sexual harassment settlement

In the complaint, Greene alleged that another staffer informed her Farenthold was having "wet dreams" about her, and "regularly made comments created to gauge whether Plaintiff was interested in a sexual relationship". According to Greene, the congressman also allegedly once used a staff meeting to announce "a female lobbyist had propositioned him for a 'threesome'". And while Farenthold's office refused to confirm whether it was the office in question, Politico reports that the settlement went to the Texas Republican's former communications director Lauren Greene, who in 2014 filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that alleged sexual harassment, discriminatory behavior, and a hostile work environment.

He is the first reported member of Congress who is alleged to have used a little-known account, managed by the Congressional Office of Compliance (OOC), created to settle workplace complaints that involve lawmakers, according to USA media. In a statement prepared at the time, Farenthold denied wrongdoing and said he settled because "it became clear that further litigating this case would come at great expense to all involved ― including the taxpayers".

She also claimed that the congressman "regularly drank to excess" and told her that he was "estranged from his wife and had not had sex with her in years", according to Politico, a Washington-based newspaper.

The Office of Congressional Ethics found insufficient basis to recommend an ethics inquiry regarding Greene's allegations.

"Even though I was completely exonerated by OCE [the Office of Congressional Ethics] and the settlement agreement has been paid, I'm doing my best and am going to hand a check over this week, to probably [House] Speaker [Paul] Ryan or somebody, and say, 'Look, here's the amount of my settlement". He indicated they may need to, in order to protect victims.

She said after she objected to the comments Farenthold and the male staffer had made to her, the congressman terminated her employment.

Six different women have accused Democratic Minnesota Sen. But the payouts include a large number of anthrax claims from 2002 and a large number of asbestos claims from 2007.

The same year Ms. Greene sued him, Mr. Farenthold announced that he would give up a sexually explicit domain name - blow-me.org - that he had held since 1999, when he was in the business of buying such names on speculation and selling them.

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