Four women -- a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers -- are accusing Attorney General Curtis Hill of inappropriately touching them during a March 15 party at AJ's Lounge on the final night of the legislative session, according to a story published Monday night by the Indianapolis Star.
Hill sent an email to the Indy Star denying the allegations, which he called "deeply troubling."
The allegations are contained in a confidential memorandum prepared June 18 by the Taft Stettinius & Hollister law firm at the request of legislative leaders and obtained by the Indy Star.
According to the memo, the lawmaker said that Hill placed his hands on her before she told him to "back off," only to have him approach her a second time when he grabbed her again before she told him to "back off" again.
Three other staffers said in the memo that Hill had placed his hands on them inappropriately before they removed themselves from the situation.
"At no time was my behavior inappropriate," Hill said in his email to the Indy Star, "nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner."
He said the atmosphere was light and jovial as expected in the bar. "I interacted with several people -- talking, laughing, and telling stories," he added in the email.
"I have never been contacted by any investigator," he said. "I have not been informed of who made these allegations nor have I been provided any due process with regard to these vicious allegations."
A statement from several legislative leaders was sent to the Indy Star on Monday, the paper said. "Our investigation has been completed and the matter has been addressed with the Attorney General to the satisfaction of the employees involved," the statement said. "Protection of House and Senate employees is of paramount importance to legislative leaders."
The statement was attributed to House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, House Minority Leader Terry Goodin, D-Austin, and Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson.
According to the statement, the legislators were first made aware of the employee concerns on May 14.
Hill, a Republican, spent 14 years as Elkhart County prosecutor before being elected as Indiana's Attorney General in 2016.
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