Republicans Covering Up Sexual Misconduct Scandals

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  • State Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger [R-ID]
    Unmasked the identity of a 19-year-old victim who accused him of rape by including her name in a formal response to an ethics investigation against him
    10 Mar 2023
    According to a civil lawsuit filed by the victim and reported on by NBC News
  • Kyle Hupfer
    Kept secret credible sexual assault allegations against the Republican Secretary of State for over a month ostensibly to protect him
    03 Oct 2022
    According to an exclusive report by The Statehouse File
  • State Rep. Merrill Nelson [R-UT]
    Convinced a Mormon bishop to keep allegations of child sexual abuse by a member of his church against his daughters secret under false pretenses that he could be sued if he did even though state law in Arizona -- where the alleged abuse took place -- specifically protects people who report child abuse, which allowed the abuse to continue for a number of years
    08 Sep 2022
    According to court records reported by mainstream outlets
  • Was found liable to pay writer E. Jean Carroll $5 million in damages for defamation and battery for "sexual abuse" at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City in 1996
    04 Nov 2019
    According to a civil lawsuit filed in New York
  • State Rep. Jeff Hoover [R-KY]
    Sexually assaulted his 21-year-old legislative staffer more than 50 times over a three-year period by subjecting her to what she testified as "nearly daily touching" in places including his office, the elevator, hallway, and elsewhere in addition to the multiple times he massaged between her legs while seated next to her at large political functions then secretly settled a lawsuit she filed against him in order to prevent her allegations from becoming public while being married the entire time
    16 Jan 2019
    According to court records first reported by Louisville Public Media
  • Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH]
    Ignored repeated accusations of sexual molestation by a team physician for a college wrestling team he coached and even told one student athlete that he wanted "nothing to do with this" after they told him about the alleged abuse
    03 Jul 2018
    According to six former student-athletes he coached and first reported by NBC News
  • RNC Exec Elliott Broidy
    Secretly paid Playboy model Shera Bechard $1.6 million to keep their extramarital affair and details of his alleged abuse and manipulation secret with the help of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen
    13 Apr 2018
    According to an investigative report by The Wall Street Journal
  • Rep. Blake Farenthold [R-TX]
    Settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with a confidentiality agreement for $84,000 using a secret taxpayer funded account which kept it from the public for years
    04 Dec 2017
    According to an exclusive report by Politico
  • Family Research Council Leader Tony Perkins
    Knew that GOP candidate Wesley Goodman unzipped and fondled an 18-year-olds crotch in a hotel room without his consent and could have intervened after the boys stepfather wrote to him about the incident, but concealed the abuse because the lawmaker was in a tight state congressional campaign that he went on to win
    18 Nov 2017
    According to an exclusive report by The Washington Post
  • Bill O'Reilly [Host]
    Coerced Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl into a "non-consensual sexual relationship" while also being married himself and later secretly agreed to pay her $32 million to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit she brought against him
    21 Oct 2017
    According to a settlement agreement reached between O'Reilly and his accuser
  • State Rep. Dan Kirby [R-OK]
    Secretly paid $44,500 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former assistant that he fired after she complained about his behavior
    23 Dec 2016
    According to reports by local and state media
  • Speaker Dennis Hastert [R-IL]
    Illegally structured hush money payments of $1.7 million to elude federal bank reporting requirements in order to hide the fact he was paying the victim of his past sex crimes and lied to Federal investigators about it
    01 Jun 2015
    He pled guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine