Michigan lawmaker puts top aide on leave amid allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker on Tuesday placed a top aide on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by former female aides.

Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence placed Chief of Staff Dwayne Duron Marshall on leave following a Politico report detailing allegations of inappropriate behavior. Several of the former aides said they’d brought their concerns to Lawrence.

In a statement, Lawrence said she had never received any sexual harassment complaints from staff members. Lawrence is a former harassment complaint investigator who recently introduced legislation to require such training for congressional staff.

Marshall, in a statement, vehemently denied the allegations.

Marshall pledged to continue to help Lawrence identify co-sponsors for her sexual harassment training bill.

The allegations come on the heels of recent reports of sexual harassment and gender hostility among staffers and even elected officials on Capitol Hill.