Indiana Attorney General: "I am not resigning"
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — "Vicious and false"—that’s what Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is calling the groping allegations against him.
Friday, the former Elkhart prosecutor refused to resign until an independent investigation is done.
In his statement he called on the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office to look into this scandal.
According to our reporting partners at WRTV6, the office found out about his demands through the media.
Friday, one of the four women accusing hill of groping her came forward with her story.
Gabrielle McLemore’s says her encounter with Hill came after a long legislative session at the Statehouse.
She says she joined friends after work at a bar when he allegedly approached her and began inappropriately rubbing her back.
McLemore is the communications director for Indiana Senate Democrats and one of four women to complain about his behavior.
She shared her story publicly for the first time in the Indystar.
Hill says those allegations are untrue.
“The attorney general basically says he denies the allegations that he committed any sort of sexual battery,” said political analyst Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. “For the past 28 years as a prosecutor he believes in due process and so far he believes he’s been denied it.”
Hill points to statements from leaders like Governor Eric Holcomb, who called for his resignation and endorsed an investigation by the state’s inspector general.
But McLemore said in her letter to the paper she didn’t want hill to step down, she was inspired to speak up because of the growing me too movement.
“I’ve seen speculations of whether the victims felt empowered to come forward due to the #metoo movement, and I will answer your curiosity here: yes. I did.” She said in the letter.
“I think that is the point what the attorney general is trying to get to that he is entitled due process from legal perspective but in court of public opinion there really isn’t due process,” said Shabazz.
McLemore is the second woman to come out publicly with her story.
The first was representative Mara Candelaria Reardon.