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Woman accuses New York congressman Tom Reed of sexual misconduct; Reed denies allegation

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A former lobbyist says an intoxicated U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., unclasped her bra at a bar four years ago in Minneapolis.

Nicolette Davis told The Washington Post that the Reed started by rubbing her back, then, with his hand outside her shirt, pinched the clasp of her bra and unfastened it. He then moved his hand to her thigh, at which time she asked a person seated beside her for help. That person ushered Reed out of the pub, according to the report published Friday.

Davis, now 29, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. She reportedly contacted the newspaper in early February, before Reed made public his interest in running for governor, and before allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo led to calls for his resignation.

The USA TODAY Network has reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department for comment, but they declined to comment for the The Washington Post story.

State Senator George Borrello, a Republican who represents the 57th District, said the allegation merits investigation.

“The accusations made against Congressman Tom Reed, like all sexual harassment allegations, should be taken seriously,” Borrello said. “All parties involved deserve to have these claims independently and thoroughly investigated, without political interference. While the circumstances of every case are different, getting to the unbiased truth is critically important in every instance, including this one,” Borello said.

Reed was elected in a special election in 2010 to fill a vacancy created when former representative Eric Massa, of Corning, resigned under a cloud of controversy.

Prior to his election to the house, Reed served as mayor of Corning. He is also an attorney and owned a Corning law firm that specialized in representing municipal governments, medical debt collection and defending drunken driving suspects.

The congressman backed the House renewal of the Violence Against Women Act in 2019 and again earlier this week. The legislation was opposed by most Republicans in the House.

Earlier this week, he co-sponsored a bipartisan House resolution to remove a deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, after a recent federal court ruling said the deadline for the ERA expired long ago



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