Senator Resigns Amidst Sexual Harassment Accusations

Senator Resigns Amidst Sexual Harassment Accusations
Senator Resigns Amidst Sexual Harassment Accusations

State Senator, Ira Silverstein, is leaving the Senate Democratic Leadership team after accusations of sexual harassment in the wake of a massive national scandal spurred on by Harvey Weinstein. Senate President, John Cullerton, officially announced the resignation on Wednesday, just one short day after activist Denise Rotheimer released damning testimony that accused Silverstein of making “inappropriate comments” while working together on multiple legislative and political issues.

Key Facts

  • Rotheimer claims that Silverstein called her, “intoxicating” on multiple occasions. She also accuses the Senator of making inappropriate social media contacts and calling her late at night despite requests to cease such action.
  • Rotheimer alleges that the repeated advances and refusal of personal boundaries made her so uncomfortable, she considered hospitalizing herself on at least one occasion. It wasn’t immediately clear if she ever followed up on such claims.
  • In her testimony, Rotheimer states, “What I dealt with, Silverstein, I ended up six weeks in a crisis, I lost 20 pounds, my hair fell out, I was so scared that I would have to admit myself into a hospital because I went down to like 109 pounds.”
  • The claims come at a time when the legislative activist is pushing a Victim’s Assistance bill that would grant victims of sexual assault and harassment far more support, if it passes.

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