Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer turned over a fake document to Capitol Police that claims to detail sexual harassment accusations against him by a former staffer.
The former staffer, who worked for Schumer, D-N.Y., from 2009 to 2012, told Axios that the charges detailed in the document are false and her signature was forged.
"The claims in this document are completely false, my signature is forged, and even basic facts about me are wrong. I have contacted law enforcement to determine who is responsible. I parted with Senator Schumer's office on good terms and have nothing but the fondest memories of my time there,” she told the news outlet.
The former staffer said she hadn’t known of the document until Schumer’s office was contacted about the accusations.
A 13-page document with password protection that looks like a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was sent to numerous outlets.
Reporters from the Washington Post, CNN, BuzzFeed, The New Yorker and ABC asked Schumer’s office about the document that was dated 2012 and titled “Schumer_Complaint” on Tuesday.
"The document is a forged document and every allegation is false. We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken,” Schumer spokesman Matt House told Axios.
A number of lawmakers have faced allegations of sexual misconduct in recent months. One of Schumer's Senate colleagues, Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota, announced last week that he would resign amid mounting accusations.