California Congresswoman Jackie Speier describes harassment ordeal in online video

Friday, October 27, 2017 05:48PM
A California congresswoman says she was grabbed and kissed years ago as a Capitol Hill aide. And she's urging staffers to share their stories of sexual harassment on a new hashtag, #MeTooCongress.


WASHINGTON - A California congresswoman says she was grabbed and kissed years ago as a Capitol Hill aide. And she's urging staffers to share their stories of sexual harassment on a new hashtag, #MeTooCongress.


Rep. Jackie Speier posted a video Twitter and YouTube, saying she was attacked as a congressional staffer and that she remembers the fear and shame.

In the video she says, in part, "I was working as a congressional staffer. The chief of staff held my face, kissed me and stuck his tongue in my mouth. So I know what it's like to keep these things hidden deep down inside."


The 67-year-old Democrat says, "Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long."

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Speier's action comes three weeks after reports detailed allegations of decades of sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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