Staffer who accused Hoover of harassment resigns

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The staffer who accused former House Speak Jeff Hoover of sexual harassment is resigning.

“My understanding is her resignation is imminent," said Attorney Thomas Clay. "I expect it to come later this afternoon.”

Clay represents the woman who agreed to a confidential settlement with Hoover. Hoover acknowledged that he engaged in inappropriate text messaging but said that the banter was consensual.

Clay says that the woman was not forced to resign and that he could not comment any further.

Hoover resigned from his position as House Speaker on Sunday but did not step down from his seat representing the 83rd District. Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne is taking over the reins of the leadership position.

"The Speaker of the House pretty much sets the agenda of the General Assembly. They assign bills to committees for consideration," WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant explained.

The FBI confirmed agents are looking into the allegations of sexual harassment by employees at the state Capitol.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office is closely monitoring the situation and waiting for facts to unfold. The attorney general condemned sexual harassment and the rush to play politics.

"In the end maybe some of this can reset our minds on what our job truly is and there is only one team and that team is representing the people of Kentucky," Beshear said.

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