ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The lawyer for women who accused a New York assemblyman of sexual harassment in a case settled with $103,000 in public money is calling for a wide probe of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's role in the matter.
Attorney Gloria Allred, who represented some of the staffers who accused Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez of sexual harassment, says Silver is falsely claiming the private settlement prohibited a public investigation of his fellow Democrat.
Silver has said he approved the settlement at the insistence of the victims.
A month later, two more women accused Lopez of sexual harassment and that case went through more routine channels. The Assembly ethics committee censured Lopez last week.
Silver has denied any cover-up. Assembly lawyers discussed the settlement with the attorney general's office and the comptrollers' office.
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