Ex Kentucky speaker says lawsuit is ‘not true’

Jeff Hoover

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s former Republican House speaker says a lawsuit claiming he used money from political donors to pay a sexual harassment settlement is absolutely not true.

Jeff Hoover resigned his leadership position last month after acknowledging he settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a woman in his office. He denied harassment, but said he sent inappropriate but consensual text messages.

On Monday, House GOP Communications Director Daisy Olivo filed a lawsuit saying Hoover had a sexual relationship with the woman and used money from prominent political donors to keep her quiet. Olivo said she reprimanded the woman several times for what she called a consensual but inappropriate relationship. Olivo said Hoover’s chief of staff tried to fire the woman. When Olivo objected, she said, she was subject to retaliation.

Hoover said later Monday that he has never engaged in sexual contact of any kind with a staff member during his 21 years in the legislature. He said calls for him to resign from the legislature are premature without knowing all of the facts.

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