USA: A complaint alleging sexual misconduct against the troubled freshman was filed by a former aide to Congressman George Santos. The Republican politician is already under investigation by the Ethics Committee for a number of blatant lies.
On Friday, 30-year-old Derek J. Myers posted on Twitter that he had asked the Congressional Ethics Committee to look into Santos' actions and accuse him of sexual harassment. Additionally, he reported a crime to the US Capitol Police.
Myers, a journalist as well, claimed he was offered a job in the congressman's office while looking to be hired as a staff member in January. He asserts that he was hired despite being a "volunteer performing staff duties with the promise of employment and compensation."
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Santos, who is gay, allegedly made inappropriate advances during his brief employment with him, according to him. The most damning charge made by Myers is that Santos inappropriately touched the young employee while they were going through mail.
He claims that the congressman "moved his hand down my leg into my inner thigh and proceeded to touch my groyne." The young man was allegedly invited to Santos' house after he claimed that his husband was "out of town" that evening.
Myers added that he tweeted the complaint's content for the sake of transparency, stating that these accusations "should not be litigated on social media or through news media."
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The congressman's office informed the news outlet Semafor that it had decided not to hire Myers after finding out about the wiretapping accusations he had faced in Ohio a year earlier.
After a December New York Times exposé revealed the politician had lied about his resume, Santos came under intense scrutiny. In addition to other lies, he claimed to be descended from Ukrainian Jews who fled the Holocaust despite the fact that his family is Catholic and that he never completed any college.
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In a New York Post interview that same month, Santos called many of the errors "embellishments" and acknowledged their existence. Both political parties have taken issue with the dishonesty, and the House Ethics Committee is now looking into it. In January, US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Santos would lose his job if the investigation finds him to be guilty.