New Tenn. House speaker denies harassment claim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A statement about sexual harassment from Tennessee House Speaker Kent Williams has brought to light a 2007 incident with another Republican lawmaker.

Williams didn't provide specifics Tuesday when he denied committing sexual harassment.

But the man he beat by one vote to become speaker released a memo that recounts a complaint about Williams.

Rep. Jason Mumpower of Bristol wrote in the memo that Susan Lynn, a Republican House member from Mt. Juliet, reported that she felt harassed by Williams in 2007. The memo said Williams made a comment about seeing her naked and that he later gave her an unwelcome tight embrace.

Lynn didn't return a message seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

The allegations were made just weeks after Williams took office and angered fellow Republicans by voting for the Democratic candidate for House speaker.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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