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Ousted Oregon State Senator Calls Sexual Harassment Claims 'Scripted'

Statesman Journal file
Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, during the 2015 Legislative session.

Ousted Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, on Friday issued what he said might be his final comments regarding the sexual harassment claims against him, six days before his resignation becomes final.

Kruse hasn’t spoken publicly, or responded to reporter inquiries, since he left the Legislature in February — and his resignation became irreversible soon after — following allegations that he groped and sexually harassed female legislators and other staffers.

In the statement, Kruse said the sexual harassment claims were scripted for the political gain of a few, the independent investigator was biased, and Democrats accused of worse were not punished.

Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, the first to publicly accuse Kruse, issued a statement in response, saying that demanding the right to be safe at work is not a script or political ploy.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.