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Tue Oct 31, 2017, 12:44 AM

Lawmaker accused of inappropriate touching apologizes: 'I'm certainly sorry I offended two women'

State Rep. David Gomberg said in a newsletter released Sunday that he is sorry for offending two women who years ago accused him of violating their personal boundaries and that he is humiliated the news went public.

As The Oregonian/OregonLive first reported Friday, House Speaker Tina Kotek and Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson acknowledged in a joint interview that they had fielded complaints of harassment against male lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers. Later that day, Kotek released a statement saying she received complaints from two women about Gomberg and that the situation was resolved to the satisfaction of the complainants.

Gomberg told The Oregonian/OregonLive the complaints against him involved "inappropriate humor or inappropriate touching," invasion of "personal space" and hugging.

His Sunday statement provided additional details and was heavily contrite.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/oregon_lawmaker_accused_of_ina.html

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