Monday, 15 October, 2018

Kentucky politician takes his own life after sex assault allegation

Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church regarding sexual assault allegations in Louisville Ky AP Republican Dan Johnson addresses the public from his church regarding sexual assault allegations in Louisville Ky
Charlie Simmons | 15 December, 2017, 09:34

In a statement Thursday, a day after Dan Johnson's suicide, Rebecca Johnson said she has been fighting behind her husband for 30 years and "his fight will go on".

Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, tweeted Wednesday night: "Just bad news from Kentucky tonight on the passing of Rep. Dan Johnson".

Still Rebecca Johnson sat down with us on the steps inside the chapel where her husband preached answering questions about the emotional roller coast and allegations hovering over the death of Representative Dan Johnson.

In the release, Rebecca Johnson referred to her husband's death as a "high-tech lynching based on lies and half-truths".

According to WDRB, Johnson posted a message on his Facebook page just before 5 p.m. Wednesday that labeled the accusations reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting as "false. nothing is the way they make it out to be".

The woman reported the alleged assault at the time, but police did not pursue charges.

Johnson was elected to the state legislature in 2016, part of a wave of Republican victories that gave the GOP control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time in almost 100 years.

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On Tuesday, Johnson refused to resign and publicly denied any wrongdoing. An autopsy confirmed that Johnson shot himself, Billings said.

The apparent suicide of a well-known local Republican here was another dark and dramatic turn in the nation's recent reckoning with sexual assault and harassment, with near-daily revelations about powerful men leading to sudden falls from positions of power in entertainment, business, the media and politics. They tracked Johnson's phone to the location of his body, which had a.40 caliber handgun lying beside him.

Then shortly before 17:00 (22:00 GMT) on Wednesday, he posted a message on Facebook paying tribute to his family and saying he had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder for 16 years - "a sickness that will take my life". IT Has Won This Life.

Michael Skoler, president of Louisville Public Media, which owns the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, said the organisation was "deeply sad" about Mr Johnson's death. "As part of our process, we reached out to Rep. Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation".

Other Kentucky lawmakers have recently faced sexual misconduct accusations.

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin tweeted that "my heart breaks for his family tonight". "PLEASE LISTEN CLOSELY, Only Three things I ask of you to do, if you love me is (1) blame no person, Satan is the accuser, so blame the Devil himself. May God indeed shed His grace on us all", and Sen.

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