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Nov 14, 4:24 PM EST

Sheriff denies accusations of sexual harassment

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The sheriff of Philadelphia is denying allegations of sexual harassment made by several women.

An administrative assistant in the office of Sheriff Jewell Williams last week filed a federal lawsuit alleging sexual come-ons and lewd remarks from 2013 to 2015. Williams said he "categorically" denied that in the "strongest possible fashion."

A former employee has also alleged harassment in a complaint last fall with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday that 60-year-old Williams called the accusations "without merit" and asked the public to leave the issue to the courts "before passing judgment."

He declined comment on a $30,000 settlement state Democrats acknowledged paying in a 2011 suit by a third woman who alleged harassment when Williams was a state representative and she was his legislative aide.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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