Lawmaker Facing Harassment Claims Files Suit

Posted at 8:06 PM, Jul 11, 2016

Tennessee's attorney general says in court documents that state Rep. Jeremy Durham's request to prevent a report about his conduct toward women from becoming public should be denied.

Durham filed a lawsuit on Friday claiming the attorney general's investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him violated the Tennessee Constitution and his right to due process. It says releasing the report before early voting begins on Friday will damage Durham's chance for re-election.

In a response filed late Monday, Attorney General Herbert Slatery says Durham's claims are without merit. He also argues that blocking the release of the final report on Durham's conduct would not be in the public interest.

A hearing in Davidson County Chancery Court is scheduled for Tuesday.