Former prospective aide accuses George Santos of ethics violations and sexual harassment

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Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., nan freshman lawmaker accused of fabricating cardinal parts of his résumé, is being accused of morals violations and intersexual harassment by a erstwhile prospective legislature aide, according to a letter posted Friday connected Twitter.

In nan missive to nan House Ethics Committee, Derek Myers accused Santos of groping him erstwhile he worked for Santos' agency arsenic a volunteer, and he requested an investigation into nan allegation whether correct process was followed related to his activity arsenic a unpaid successful Santos' office.

Myers said that Santos offered him a occupation and that he concisely worked arsenic a "volunteer" successful nan agency while his paperwork was being processed earlier nan connection was rescinded past week.

Myers alleged that Santos asked him Jan. 25 whether he had an relationship connected Grindr, a celebrated making love app utilized by millions of cheery men, and that Santos said he had a profile. Myers said he was unsocial pinch Santos successful his individual agency Jan. 25 moving done message correspondence erstwhile Santos "called maine 'buddy' and insisted I beryllium adjacent to him connected a mini sofa."

He alleged that Santos past invited him to spell to karaoke that night. Myers said he declined Santos’ invitation earlier Santos touched his groin and said his hubby was retired of town.

Myers besides alleged that his unpaid position — which he said included answering phones, reference message and corresponding pinch constituents — “within a legislature agency without nan correct procedures being followed is successful usurpation of nan House Ethics.”

News of Myers' allegations was first reported by The New York Times. A spokesperson for Santos did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

A spokesperson for Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., nan ranking personnel of nan Ethics Committee, confirmed to NBC News that Myers’ missive had been received and declined to supply further comment.

Myers tweeted Friday that he besides revenge a study pinch U.S. Capitol Police and a title pinch nan Office of Congressional Ethics. Capitol Police person not responded to a petition for comment.

Myers was charged past twelvemonth pinch wiretapping successful Ohio aft a mini newspaper he ran published courtroom audio grounds that personification other recorded and sent to him. Journalism organizations called for each charges to beryllium dropped.

Santos faces aggravated scrutiny aft nan bombshell Times investigation successful December showed overmuch of his résumé appeared to person been manufactured, including claims that he owned galore properties, was antecedently employed by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and had attended and graduated from Baruch College.

Santos has admitted to immoderate of nan fabrications of his résumé while trying to downplay his lies. In remarks to nan New York Post successful December, he said: “My sins present are embellishing my résumé. I’m sorry.”

Although immoderate chap Republicans person called connected him to resign, including GOP lawmakers successful New York state, nan GOP Steering Committee, which is led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., voted to springiness him 2 committee posts. Last month, Santos said he will recuse himself from his committee assignments amid aggregate investigations into his finances and different issues.

Summer Concepcion

Summer Concepcion is simply a authorities newsman for NBC News.