Washington – The House Ethics Committee said Friday it will investigate sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Tom Reed, the most senior Republican in New York’s congressional delegation.
Reed, R-Corning, is accused by a former lobbyist of sexually harassing her in 2017. Nicolette Davis told The Washington Post that Reed rubbed her body and unhooked her bra while seated next to her in a bar.
The six-term congressman last month publicly apologized to Davis and said he will not run for Congress or any other office in 2022.
Reed had been considered a potential Republican challenger to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year.
Reed acknowledged in a statement with his apology that he has struggled with alcohol addiction.
“First, I apologize to Nicolette Davis,” Reed wrote. “Even though I am only hearing of this matter as stated by Ms. Davis in the article now, I hear her voice and will not dismiss her…Second, I want to share that this occurred at a time in my life in which I was struggling. Upon entering treatment in 2017, I recognized that I am powerless over alcohol.”
The House Ethics Committee said Friday it would make no other public comment about Reed until the investigation is finished.
Reed said in a statement Friday that he would cooperate with the investigation.
“We have already publicly addressed this situation, and consistent with that are cooperating with the House Ethics Committee to bring this matter to conclusion,” Reed said.