1:41 pm Aug. 28, 2012
Here's a copy of the August 24 letter sent to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from the the Assembly's Committee on Ethics and Guidance describing their investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who has just announced that he's giving up his chairmanship of the Brooklyn Democratic organization.
The letter, signed by all eight committee members, says Lopez declined to testify under oath before the committee or provide a sworn statement. (His lawyer sent a letter denying the charges.)
The letter also says "The Complainants are young women in their twenties employed in the district office of Assemblymember Lopez. Both cooperated fully with the Committee's investigation."
In announcing today that he won't seek re-election as the Brooklyn County Democratic chairman, Lopez said the "onslaught of character attacks has put enormous emotional pressure on my family and close friends. I cannot sit by and allow that to continue."
He denied any wrongdoing, vowing to prove his innocence and "the political nature of these accusations."
Lopez said he was taking this step "for the sake of loved ones and the Democratic Party."
The statement was in all caps.