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Bobby Scott Confirms Everson Worked for Him

‘There have been no credible complaints that I’m aware of’

Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Virginia Democrat Bobby Scott confirmed to Roll Call that M. Reese Everson worked for him as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow.

“There have been no credible complaints that I’m aware of,” Scott said when asked if he was familiar with allegations she has raised against him or any other member of Congress.

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Everson has raised allegations in various media interviews that an unnamed member of Congress made inappropriate sexual advances toward her when she was working as a CBC Foundation fellow in 2013. She said she tried to file a complaint with the Office of Compliance at the time but was denied because of her status as a fellow and not an employee.

Everson had scheduled a Wednesday news conference to name the member who allegedly made unwanted advances toward her but did not show.

Lobbyist Jack Burkman, whom Everson said in a statement would be representing her, announced at the press event that she would not be appearing.

Earlier this year, Burkman released an ad calling for people to help investigate the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich. The subtitles of the ad were in Russian. Far-right internet conspiracy theories have speculated the DNC arranged for Rich’s murder.

After the aborted press conference, Burkman sent a statement saying he would pull out of being Everson’s representative.

“I’ve known Reese Everson professionally for four years. After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw from representing her in this matter,” Burkman said.

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