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Report: Reed accused of sexual misconduct by former lobbyist

Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) speaking at a town hall meeting in Veteran, New York. January 26, 2019.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) speaking at a town hall meeting in Veteran, New York. January 26, 2019.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) speaking at a town hall meeting in Veteran, New York. January 26, 2019.
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Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) speaking at a town hall meeting in Veteran, New York. January 26, 2019.

ENDWELL, NY (WSKG & WXXI News)  A former lobbyist is accusing Republican Rep. Tom Reed (NY-23) of sexual misconduct.

The Washington Post is reporting Nicolette Davis, then a lobbyist for an insurance company, was at a bar with the six-term congressman following a fishing trip when he began rubbing her shoulders before unhooking her bra.

According to the Post story, Reed was drunk at the time and was later escorted from the bar.

“This account of my actions is not accurate,” said a statement from Reed sent to WXXI News and other media on Friday.

Reed has been a regular critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is also facing allegations of sexual misconduct, and has publicly noted he is considering a run for governor in 2022.

In the Washington Post story, Reed was asked how his advocacy for women, including backing legislation that required lawmakers to be personally liable for settlements with staffers who alleged harassment.

The response from Reed on Friday in a statement supplied by his office was, "I stand by my record."

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