INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party on Tuesday called for Attorney
General Curtis Hill to resign amid accusations made by four women of
Chairman John Zody
said that the allegations against Hill, which were lodged by one lawmaker
and three legislative staffers, are “beyond troubling and wildly
“We believe the
multiple allegations against the Attorney General are serious and raise
material doubts over whether he can effectively carry out the duties of his
office,” Zody said. “Attorney General Hill should spare Hoosiers from this
controversy and resign from office.”
Party counterpart, meanwhile, says the GOP has “zero tolerance for sexual
harassment.” But Indiana GOP chairman Kyle Hupfer stopped short of calling
for Hill’s resignation.
Hill, a Republican,
denied the allegations, calling them “deeply troubling.” His office did not
respond to questions on Tuesday about whether he planned to resign.
Star on Monday was the first to report on a confidential eight-page memo
detailing an investigation into the matter. The document, which was
independently obtained by The Associated Press, was written by the law firm
Taft Stettinius & Hollister at the request of Indiana legislative leaders.
It presents a
picture of a highly intoxicated Hill who was carousing at an Indianapolis
bar during the early morning hours of March 15, shortly after this year’s
legislative session came to a close.
The document, dated
June 18, states that Hill’s alleged conduct toward the legislative employees
may have been “inappropriate,” but was “likely not severe or pervasive
enough to result in a hostile work environment.” However, the firm found
that Hill’s conduct toward the lawmaker was “likely egregious enough to meet
the threshold of ‘severe.’”
The memo includes
details from interviews conducted with six women who attended the
The lawmaker said
an intoxicated Hill put his hands on her back, slid them down her back, put
them under her clothes and grabbed her buttocks, according to the memo. She
told him to “back off” and walked away, but Hill approached her again later
and again reached under her clothing and grabbed her. She again told him to
“back off,” according to the memo.
Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual misconduct or assault
unless they come forward publicly.
Hill gave another
staffer a two-minute backrub, which made her uncomfortable, the memo states.
Another staffer said Hill put his arm around he and slid his hand down her
back. When she tried to remove his hand, she said he groped her buttocks,
the memo states.
reported that Hill told them that in order to get better service at the bar
they needed to show more knee and leg, the memo states.
Hill, a staunch
social conservative who is married, called the allegations “vicious” and
said there was a “fundamental lack of fairness to this entire process.”
“At no time was my
behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner,”
Hill said in a statement. He also said he was never contacted by an
investigator and that he hasn’t “been informed of who made these
leaders said in a joint statement that the investigation was completed and
“the matter has been addressed with the Attorney General to the satisfaction
of the employees involved.”
further comment on Tuesday.
Eric Holcomb did not directly address the allegations in a statement.
“I’m in a remote
area of Montana with Janet celebrating our anniversary for a few days. I
have limited information from media sources I’m able to access,” Holcomb
said. “I’ll return to Indianapolis late tomorrow night. Until I’ve reviewed
the facts in detail, I will have no further comment.”
hand-picked GOP party chairman, said he is “continuing to learn about the
details of the investigation into allegations.”
“It’s important to
be clear: As the Republican Party, we have zero tolerance for sexual
harassment, and that’s the standard to which we all should adhere,” Hupfer
said. “Actions like these alleged have no place in public life or anywhere