The Congressional Office of Compliance paid out just under $100,000 in taxpayer funds to two male staffers to settle sexual harassment claims against disgraced former Democratic New York Rep. Eric Massa, according to a new report.
Massa resigned in 2010 following allegations that he groped and sexually harassed his male staffers. The secret settlement payments took place in 2010 following Massa’s resignation, ABC News reported on Thursday.
Massa’s settlement was part of the $17 million slush fund that was secretly paid out to settle congressional harassment claims, including sexual harassment complaints.
News of Massa’s settlement follows reporting that Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers quietly paid out more than $27,000 in taxpayer funds to settle with a sexual harassment accuser in exchange for her silence. (Read more from “Congress Paid out $100K of Taxpayer Money to Settle Male Staffers’ Harassment Claims Against Disgraced Democrat” HERE)