ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker is denying allegations of sexual harassment in a complaint against him filed with the Senate Ethics Committee.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday it obtained a copy of the complaint a lobbyist brought against Republican state Sen. David Shafer of Duluth, accusing him of unwanted sexual advances over a period of years.
Shafer responded with a statement saying: “This false complaint is about politics, not the truth.” Shafer formally qualified this week to run for lieutenant governor.
The lobbyist did not immediately return a phone message from the Associated Press. The AP does not name potential victims of sexual misconduct.
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Harassment complaints against lawmakers filed with the Ethics Committee are not public records. Deputy Senate Secretary Sean Martin said he couldn’t comment on whether a complaint was filed.