Ex-Campaign Manager Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. (AP) — Lawyers for Utah Gov. Spencer Cox’s former campaign manager, who resigned this week after an investigation substantiated claims of sexual misconduct made against him by a female campaign employee, are calling the accusations baseless.

In a statement Friday, lawyers representing Austin Cox said the relationship in question was a long-term one between two young adults that he ended earlier this year, KUTV reported.

"Our client unequivocally and emphatically denies any allegations to the contrary,” the statement said.

The Republican governor said Thursday that an independent investigation found cause to terminate Austin Cox, his 2020 campaign manager, but he resigned before its completion. The investigation also revealed previously unreported “hostile conduct” towards other members of the team.

Austin Cox’s attorneys on Friday additionally criticized a joint statement from Gov. Cox and Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson Thursday that condemned the former campaign manager’s behavior.

KUTV requested to speak with Austin Cox Friday, but his attorney declined their request for an interview.

The governor and former campaign manager are not related.