Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, said Thursday there are so many allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against him, he can't keep track.
“There’s been so many, I don’t know what all is going on,” Farenthold told reporters outside the Capitol.
Asked by @jparkABC if he denies latest allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Rep. Blake Farenthold replies, “There’ve been so many, I don’t know what all is going on.” https://t.co/Zxyclvbr5U pic.twitter.com/btGC4ewHL0— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 14, 2017
Farenthold will not seek re-election next year and plans to leave Congress at the end of his term. Two staffers have accused him of inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct and creating a hostile work environment.
Two of the Texas Republican’s former communications directors have accused the congressman of inappropriate behavior.
One, Lauren Greene, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Farenthold in 2014. The congressman allegedly made sexually explicit comments about her, including that he had “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams” about her.
Greene received an $84,000 settlement.
Another, Michael Rekola, said Farenthold made sexually inappropriate comments and had “abusive” behavior.
Rekola said the congressman called aides “fucktards.” Farenthold admitted to doing that, but said it was done “in jest, not in anger.”
Rekola reached out to the House Ethics Committee and told Chairwoman Susan Brooks, R-Ind., he wanted to provide the panels with “examples of sexually inappropriate comments” from Farenthold.
The Ethics Committee has empaneled a bipartisan group of lawmakers to investigate the allegations against Farenthold.