US Diplomat Sondland Categorically Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations: ‘No Basis in Fact’

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U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland is categorically denying sexual misconduct allegations made against him.

An article by the ProPublica, co-published with Portland Monthly, accuses the Sondland of inappropriate behavior from prior to his days as ambassador, accusations made by three women. The owner of Portland Monthly is one of the accusers.

As ProPublica reported on Wednesday:

“In one case, a potential business partner recalls that Sondland took her to tour a room in a hotel he owns, only to then grab her face and try to kiss her. After she rejected him, Sondland backtracked on investing in her business.

Another woman, a work associate at the time, says Sondland exposed himself to her during a business interaction. She also recalls falling over the back of a couch trying to get away from him. After she made her lack of interest clear, she says Sondland called her, screaming about her job performance.

A third woman, 27 years Sondland’s junior, met him to discuss a potential job. She says he pushed himself against her and kissed her. She shoved him away. She says his job help stopped.”

However, Sondland is denying the allegations, labeling them “untrue” and “coordinated for political purposes.”

“These untrue claims of unwanted touching and kissing are concocted and, I believe, coordinated for political purposes,” Sondland said in a statement, adding, “They have no basis in fact, and I categorically deny them.”

He continued:

“There has never been mention of them in any form during the 10 to 16 years since they supposedly occurred, although such a complaint could easily have been aired through multiple channels. These false incidents are at odds with my character. It is distressing that this underhanded journalism was initiated by a source angry that I long ago declined to invest in her magazine, the same magazine now presenting its owner’s outlandish claims as if the reporting is somehow objective.”

An associate close to Sondland also said he has “no intention of resigning,” according to Politico.

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Sondland appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20 in a “bombshell” public hearing, as part of the impeachment inquiry led by House-Democrats against President Donald Trump.

Following the ambassador’s testimony, the president declared the impeachment inquiry “all over” and claimed Sondland’s testimony vindicated him, as IJR previously reported.

This impeachment inquiry, however, is not over, as the House Judiciary Committee scheduled its first hearing for Dec. 4.

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