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Updated: March 20, 2021 07:29 AM
Created: March 19, 2021 11:28 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York Congressman Tom Reed is accused of sexual misconduct, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The accuser, Nicolette Davis, told The Post she was 25 and on her first networking trip as a junior lobbyist for insurance company Aflac, when she felt Reed's hand on her back. The alleged incident happened at an Irish pub in Minneapolis after a day of ice fishing in 2017.
Davis said the Republican congressman was drunk, rubbing her back, and she texted a friend and coworker for help. At one point, she says he unhooked her bra and moved his hand to her thigh. She claims she was "frozen in fear" during the alleged incident and asked a person sitting near her for help.
“HELP HELP,” she texted before the person seated on her other side responded to her request by pulling Reed out of the restaurant, according to her account in The Post.
The Post reported that a person who was sitting at the table confirmed to them that Reed was "visibly intoxicated and put his hand on Davis's back."
In a statement released by his office, Reed said, “This account of my actions is not accurate.”
Reed, elected to Congress in 2010, is considering a run for governor against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is also facing allegations of misconduct. He has also spoken out several times about the sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo, including calling for him to resign.
As recently as March 12, Reed posted twice on his Facebook page in one day, calling to impeach the governor.
He shared a link to a petition saying, "Andrew Cuomo's lies, harassment, and cover-ups must end. His ego and refusal to resign leave us with no choice but to remove him from office ourselves. Join me in calling for his impeachment and removal by signing your name right now."
In another post, he shared a link to winred.com, a Republican fundraising platform, saying "Andrew Cuomo has turned the Governor's office into a petri dish of harassment, lies, and deception. Contribute now to help me fight back against his policies, which have even proven deadly for thousands of New Yorkers in nursing homes."
Davis, now a 29-year-old second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, contacted The Post through a tip line on Feb. 11, the newspaper said.
Davis said she is speaking out as she thinks about the kind of platoon leader she wants to be after graduating from field artillery school later this month.
“I need to always act in good conscience and set the right example for the soldiers I will lead, including younger females,” she said. “I hope it will allow people who have endured similar experiences to feel confident enough to say something.”
Davis also reported the incident, at the time, to her supervisor at the company, then-vice president and counsel Brad Knox.
Knox said he recalled Davis telling him that Reed had been drinking and had undone an article of her clothing. He said she declined when he asked if she wanted to file a complaint with the House Ethics Committee.
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