The taxpayer will pay $220 to settle the suit, claiming sexual harassment by democratic rep, report says

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., pictured in 2011, was a member of Congress since 1993.

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The Treasury Department paid $220,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former congressional staffer of sexual harassment alleged by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., Friday was reported.

According to Roll Call, the documents cited in connection with the case, Compliant, Packer, alleged that Hastings touched her in an immoral manner, and made unwanted sexual advances. On one occasion, Packer said Hastings asked her what kind of underwear she was wearing.


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Hastings, a former Republican Hill staffer, claims that the harassment occurred while she worked for the Commission on security and cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the Helsinki Commission. The Commission, helping to shape the policy of the US in Europe, consists of nine members of the house and nine members of the Senate. Hastings, 81, is the Commission’s senior members.


In a statement, Hastings said, had not seen the settlement agreement between the Packer and the CSCE, to the Roll-Call report came out.

Was “never consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such settlement was made”, Hastings said. “I am outraged that every taxpayer-Dollar unnecessarily paid to Ms. Packer.”


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Roll Call reported that the Packer sued Hastings and the OSCE in the year 2011 under a Federal law that allows individuals to damages from Federal officials for violations of citizens ‘ rights. Hastings’ name was dropped from the suit the following year, after he argued that the Statute for members of Congress.

The house ethics Committee carried out a separate investigation in Hastings, which closed in December 2014. The Committee came to the conclusion that Hastings “has to admit to certain conduct was less than professional,” but the most serious charges against him were not supported by the evidence.”

The claim against Hastings came to light, on the same day, Rep. Trent Franks, Ariz., announced he would resign from Congress with immediate effect. Frank’s resignation followed a claim by a former aide that the Congressman asked again and again, to wear, to do his child, and offers her $5 million.

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Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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