State lawmaker alleges senator harassed her

By David Eggert
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan lawmaker who is under investigation for allegedly making a sexist comment to a reporter now faces a sexual harassment complaint from a fellow senator.

State Sen. Mallory McMorrow filed the complaint Tuesday against Republican Sen. Peter Lucido over an incident that occurred during an orientation near the Capitol shortly after the November 2018 election. McMorrow, a Democrat, earlier told Crain’s Detroit Business that Lucido held his hand on her lower back for an extended period of time while suggesting she beat an incumbent Republican because of her looks.

“He shook my hand and with his other hand held my low back with his fingers on my hips, effectively upper rear, and we had a back-and-forth conversation,” McMorrow said.

“And he asked where I was from,” said McMorrow, 33. “I said, ‘Royal Oak.’ He asked who I ran against. And I said, ‘I beat Marty Knollenberg.’ At which point he looked me up and down, raised his eyebrows and said, ‘I can see why.’”

McMorrow said Lucido’s scanning of her body and remark “felt really degrading and deflating.”

Lucido, 59, denied McMorrow’s sexual harassment allegation, calling it “completely untrue” and “politically motivated.”

Last week, the Senate Business Office opened a probe after a young female journalist reported that Lucido told her that high school boys visiting the Capitol could “have a lot of fun” with her. The investigation was requested by the Senate’s Republican and Democratic leaders.

Lucido issued a brief apology for the “misunderstanding” with the Michigan Advance reporter but later said he was misquoted.


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