Newly Appointed Commissioner Cate Was Sued for Sexual Harassment

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Knoxville (WVLT) - More questions are arising about the backgrounds of newly appointed commissioners.

Last Friday, First District Commissioner Josh Jordan admitted he sold cocaine as a teenager.

Monday, comes word that Fourth District Commissioner Richard Cate was part of a sexual harassment lawsuit several years ago.

Cate was part-owner of a Northeast Knox County Assisted-Living Center.

A jury agreed with a former administrator's claims that she was a victim of harassment, was fired in retaliation for ending an affair with him and that the center had violated Tennessee's Human Rights Act.

Mister Cate has declined to respond on camera, but says he doesn't necessarily agree with the court's findings.

He calls it part of his past he considers private.