A former aide to Rep. Bobby Scott, a Democratic representative from Virginia, has accused the congressman of sexual misconduct. On Friday, the woman also said he fired her after she refused his alleged advances, reported NBC.
At a press conference, the former aide, Macherie Reese Everson, who goes by Reese, said that Scott touched her inappropriately on two occasions in 2013. She also said he flirted with her.
Everson said that when she declined the advances by the then 66-year-old, he "retaliated against" her by having her fired.
Scott strongly denied the accusations.
At the time, Everson was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow. She was working in Scott's office when she says she was "touched inappropriately" by the Democrat on her back and knee.
She says he touched her inappropriately on two separate occasions. She also alleged that he once invited her to join him at an event in California.
In that instance, Everyone said Scott asked her, "If you go, are you going to be good?"
"And I said, yeah," Everson said. "He said, 'Well, if you're going to be good, what's the point of you coming?'"
Scott then became angry, Everson said, adding that there was "no physical contact" during that interaction.
After that interaction, Everson said she was "wrongfully terminated."
"I was prevented from moving forward in my career because I attempted to run from a situation that was sexually inappropriate, where I had been propositioned to have a sexual relationship with my boss that I did not want," she said at the press conference.
Everson’s attorney, Jack Burkman, also called on Scott to resign or for the House to launch an Ethics Committee investigation.
"I absolutely deny this allegation of misconduct," said Scott. "I have never sexually harassed anyone in my 25 years of service in the United States Congress, or in my 40 years of public service, or at any other time. Sexual harassment and assault are serious issues deserving of critical attention and review. No one should be subjected to sexual harassment or be treated unfairly."
He continued, "The recent national discussion about sexual harassment is valued and important to our work to continue to make the workplace free from harassment and discrimination. False allegations will squander this momentous opportunity for dialogue on meaningful change in the workplace," Scott added. "I am confident that this false allegation will be seen for what it is when the facts are adequately reviewed."
At her press conference, Everson told reporters that she filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights in 2015 about the alleged behavior. Last month, during an interview with Fox News, Everson revealed that she'd been sexually harassed by a member of Congress. At the time, she declined to reveal his name.
Weeks later, Everson and her attorney called a press conference, which she canceled last minute. Everson said Friday she canceled the original press conference because she "couldn’t find the courage."