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Report: Blake Farenthold Settled With Accuser for $84,000

Money followed 2014 sexual harassment claim

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, participates in a press conference with other Texas Republicans following the House vote on Hurricane Harvey relief on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The former communications director for Rep. Blake Farenthold was paid $84,000 in public money after accusing him of sexual harassment, according to Politico.

Farenthold’s former communications director Lauren Greene filed the claims of sexual harassment in 2014.

Greene filed a lawsuit with the District of Columbia court in December of that year and claimed the Republican Congressman discussed “sexual fantasies” and “wet dreams.”

Farenthold denied the claim which the Office of Congressional Ethics later dismissed.

In November 2015, the case was settled out of court.

“While I 100% support more transparency with respect to claims against members of Congress, I can neither confirm nor deny that settlement involved my office as the Congressional Accountability Act prohibits me from answering that question,” Farenthold told Politico. 

Similarly, Greene’s attorney did not say if Greene was the woman who received the $84,000.

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