Republican Representative Tom Reed is set to retire in 2022 after claims came to light regarding his conduct with a former female lobbyist.
Reed met Nicolette Davis at a bar in Minneapolis, where he allegedly ran his hand on her back before unhooking her bra over her blouse and attempting to place his hand on her thigh.
The Representative apologized over the weekend, stating that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2022 midterms as a result.
What’s the full accusation?
The Washington Post reported the allegations over the weekend after former Aflac lobbyist Nicolette Davis came forward with her story.
She accuses the Representative of touching her inappropriately at a Minneapolis bar whilst he was drunk in 2017.
She stated that Reed sat next to her at the main point of the bar, before running his hand over her back, unhooking her bra through her blouse, and then moving his hand to feel her thigh.
Texts on her phone support her case, as she texted one of her co-workers ‘A drunk congressman is rubbing my back’ while the incident was occurring, before following it with ‘HELP HELP!’
Rep. Reed released a statement addressing the incident on Sunday, where he apologized to Davis and to his wife and children.
This came after his initial statement on Friday when The Washington Post first broke the story.
He claimed that her account of events was ‘inaccurate.’
On Sunday, Reed stated that the incident with Davis had occurred at a time in his life when he was struggling, that he was ‘powerless over alcohol,’ before declaring he had started treatment for his issues in the same year as the alleged incident.
In his apology to the woman and his family, Reed stated that he will ‘dedicate time and attention’ to making amends for his actions.
Reed, who was initially elected into Congress in the 2010 midterms, also stated that he will not be running for elective office in the 2022 midterms, despite having claimed multiple times that he was ‘seriously considering’ running against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is facing his own sexual harassment allegations.
He finalized the statement by simply admitting that he was wrong and that he was sorry.