Congressman denies allegation in misconduct claim he settled

Congressman Patrick Meehan, Republican from Pennsylvania, official portrait. (

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan used taxpayer money to settle a complaint that the New York Times reports stemmed from his hostility toward a former aide after she rejected his romantic overtures.

The story, published online Saturday, cited unnamed people who said the Republican Pennsylvania representative used thousands of dollars from his congressional office fund to settle the sexual harassment complaint the ex-aide filed last summer to the congressional Office of Compliance.

The Times didn't identify the accuser and says she didn't speak to the newspaper.

The four-term Meehan denies he harassed or mistreated her and wants congressional lawyers to ask her lawyer to dissolve the settlement's confidentiality requirements.

The accuser's lawyer, Alexis Ronickher, rejected that. She says Meehan demanded the confidentiality provisions and is trying to victimize her client twice.

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