Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says that someone tried leveling fake sexual harassment accusations against him.
“The document is a forged document and every allegation is false,” Schumer’s communications director on Tuesday told Axios, referencing materials making the phony allegations.
“We have turned it over to the Capitol Police and asked them to investigate and pursue criminal charges because it is clear the law has been broken,” Matt House added.
“We believe the individual responsible for forging the document should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent other malicious actors from doing the same.”
Axios on Wednesday reported that the document purports to detail sexual harassment allegations against Schumer from a former staffer.
The 13-page piece is dated 2012 under the file name “Schumer_Complaint” and looks like a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The woman named in the document – which came in a password-protected PDF – served as a legislative staffer for Schumer from 2009 to 2012.
The former staffer is now a career employee of the federal government, and she said she alerted Washington, D.C. police to the subject Tuesday.
“The claims in this document are completely false,” she said. “My signature is forged, and even basic facts about me are wrong.”
“I have contacted law enforcement to determine who is responsible,” the woman added, noting she plans on going to the Capitol Police.
“I parted with Senator Schumer’s office on good terms and have nothing but the fondest memories of my time there.”
A source close to Schumer on Tuesday told Axios that the document is riddled with errors before providing two examples.
“The document contains an allegation of inappropriate behavior on September 16th 2011 in Washington, but Schumer was in New York City,” they said.
“It contains an allegation of inappropriate behavior by Schumer on August 25th 2011 in Washington, but Schumer was in France,” Axios’ source added.
The source close to Schumer noted reporters from The Washington Post, CNN, BuzzFeed, The New Yorker and ABC all asked about the document Tuesday.
The fraudulent claims against Schumer follows three lawmakers stepping down or resigning last week amid claims of past sexual misconduct.