NEW: Indiana Attorney General Sued Over Groping Allegations

Jun 18, 2019

Gabrielle McLemore, left, Niki DaSilva left center, Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, right center, and Samantha Lozano listen as their attorney announces during a press conference in Indianapolis Tuesday, June 18, 2019, a lawsuit against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and the State of Indiana on behalf of four women who accused the attorney general of drunkenly groping them at a party.
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NEW:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general is being sued in federal court by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year.

The women and their lawyers announced the lawsuit against Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill during a Tuesday news conference. The women's lawyers said in October that they intended to sue Hill after a special prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against him.

Hill is accused of touching the backs or buttocks of a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to resign.

He faces an October hearing on possible sanctions from the state Supreme court, which could include up to disbarment as an attorney.

This afternoon this response was issued by the Office of the Attorney General: 

Attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General filed their appearances to defend vigorously the State of Indiana and the Attorney General in a lawsuit filed today captioned DaSilva, et al. v. State of Indiana, et al. The lawsuit is related to allegations that have now been reviewed four times. The investigations all concluded without any recommendations for further action.

This latest legal action will be addressed in the court and through the proper procedures as established by law.

Under Indiana law, the Office of the Attorney General shall defend all suits instituted against the state and its officials.

ORIGINAL POST:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The four women who accused Indiana's attorney general of drunkenly groping them during a party are holding a news conference with their lawyers.

The law firm representing the women says an announcement is coming Tuesday about legal action regarding the allegations against Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill. The women's lawyers said in October that they intended to sue Hill. Hill is accused of touching the backs or buttocks of a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. A special prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against Hill, who has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to resign. He faces an October hearing on possible sanctions from the state Supreme court, which could include up to disbarment as an attorney.