Report: Linder Confirms He Signed Harassment Settlement

Nov 9, 2017

Credit J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Representative Brian Linder has confirmed that he is among four Republican lawmakers who signed a settlement with a female House Republican Caucus staffer over sexual harassment allegations.

Linder, of Dry Ridge, told the Grant County News that he wanted to publicly apologize to his family, voters and the state for his actions.

He said he has been focused on his family since the confidential settlement became public.

Rep. Jeff Hoover resigned his position as House speaker on Sunday after acknowledging he settled the sexual harassment claim.

Hoover denied engaging in harassing behavior but said he did send text messages that were consensual but inappropriate.

Hoover is keeping his House seat as a Representative from Jamestown. Linder indicated he has not decided whether to stay in office.

Michael Meredith and Jim DeCesare have been identified as the other two GOP lawmakers named in the sexual harassment settlement.