Three days after sexual misconduct allegations were first reported against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Gov. Eric Holcomb and leaders of the House and Senate have called for his resignation
On Thursday evening, July 5, leaders of the Indiana Senate and House released a joint statement asking Attorney General Curtis Hill to step down.
"We believe that the women who came forward with accounts of inappropriate behavior by Attorney General Curtis Hill in the early hours of March 15, 2018, are telling the truth regardless of the Attorney General’s denial of these allegations," says the statement signed by Speaker of the House Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long.
"We do not believe that Curtis Hill, as chief law enforcement officer of the State of Indiana, can continue to perform his duties, nor should he, and we call for his immediate resignation. We have further requested that the Indiana Inspector General thoroughly investigate these allegations. Sexual harassment is unacceptable at any time, in any place. It makes no difference that these incidents did not occur in a workplace environment. Curtis Hill is not our employee; if he was, he would already have been fired. Because we cannot terminate his employment, we ask instead for him to own up to his actions, apologize publicly to the victims, and tender his resignation immediately.”
Not long after, Gov Eric Holcolmb released his own statement calling for Hill's resignation:
"Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana Attorney General. The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy. I concur with Sen. Long and Speaker Bosma that Attorney General Hill should resign, and I support a thorough investigation by the state’s Inspector General.”
The Indianaplis Star, broke the story on Monday, July 2 after the newspaper received a copy of a June 18 memorandum prepared by the legal team investigating claims against Hill. The eight-page memo summarizes interviews with six women who attended a party with lawmakers and staff after the legislative session ended this past March. The Star reported that at the party, one of Hill’s accusers, a lawmaker herself, said Hill “put his hands on her back, slid them down her back, put them under her clothes, and grabbed her buttocks.” She repeatedly told him to “back off,” but he came up to her later and again reached under her clothing, touching her against her will.
Hill has said he has no plans to resign, and in a statement to NUVO, called the allegations false and the investigation lacking in fairness.
“These allegations are deeply troubling,” said Hill in his statement. “The celebration [on the night in question] was very crowded with legislators, lobbyists, staffers and others. The atmosphere was light and jovial, as would be expected in a bar. I interacted with several people—talking, laughing, and telling stories. At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner. While the celebration continued, I left with the gentleman who had invited me and went home.
“I have never been contacted by any investigator,” Hill continued. “I have not been informed of who made these allegations nor have I been provided any due process with regard to these vicious allegations.
“The lack of due process regarding this prejudicial investigation is concerning. I have never received a copy of this ‘confidential’ report along with the specific allegations made against me. While meeting with legislative leaders yesterday I requested a copy of this report but my request was denied despite the fact that the legislature acknowledged they had given it to the media. There is a fundamental lack of fairness to this entire process. “
A rally in support of the victims of Curtis Hill's sexual misconduct will be held this Saturday, July 7, on the steps of the State House at 2 p.m. Find more information here.