INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Curtis Hill on Monday called allegations that he touched someone in an inappropriate manner during a legislative end-of-session party at a bar “deeply troubling” and “vicious.”
The state’s top four legislative leaders said on Monday they had completed an investigation into concerns expressed by General Assembly employees about Hill’s conduct at a “social gathering” at the end of this year’s legislative session on March 15.
Senate President Pro Tem David Long, a Republican from Fort Wayne; Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, a Democrat from Anderson; House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican from Indianapolis; and House Democratic Leader Terry Goodin, a Democrat from Austin, issued a statement Monday. It said they learned of employee concerns on May 14 and interviews were conducted with the employees. They also said they secured outside counsel for the investigation and that the concerns had been addressed with Hill’s office “to the satisfaction of the employees involved.”
The attorney general said he had not been contacted by any investigator or informed who made the allegations.
The statement from the lawmakers did not provide specific details about the nature of the concerns brought up by employees but said “House and Senate personnel policies strictly prohibit all forms of sexual harassment and clearly state that no employee should be subjected to unsolicited or unwelcome sexual advances or conduct, either verbal or physical.”
Full statement from Bosma, Goodin, Long and Lanane:
“On Monday, May 14, legislative leaders were first made aware of employee concerns regarding Attorney General Hill’s conduct at a social gathering at the closing of this year’s legislative session. House and Senate personnel policies strictly prohibit all forms of sexual harassment and clearly state that no employee should be subjected to unsolicited or unwelcome sexual advances or conduct, either verbal or physical. In accordance with House and Senate policies, interviews of those employees expressing concern were immediately conducted and outside counsel was engaged to be certain that the matter was handled properly and thoroughly. Our investigation has been completed and the matter has been addressed with the Attorney General to the satisfaction of the employees involved. Protection of House and Senate employees is of paramount importance to legislative leaders.”
Full statement from Attorney Curtis Hill:
“These allegations are deeply troubling. Following dinner, I was invited to AJ’s lounge for the legislative end of session party. The celebration at AJ’s was very crowded with, legislators, lobbyists, staffers and others. The atmosphere was light and jovial, as would be expected in a bar. I interacted with several people – talking, laughing, and telling stories. At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner. While the celebration continued, I left with the gentleman who had invited me and went home. I have never been contacted by any investigator. 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 native of Elkhart and a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, Hill became attorney general Jan. 9, 2017, after his election in 2016. According to his biography, more than 1.64 million Hoosiers cast ballots for Hill, making him the top vote-getter of any elected official in Indiana history.