The Democrat Governor of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham has now been forced to pay out a minimum of $62,500 as part of a settlement with a former staffer who has accused her of inappropriately grabbing his crotch in 2018.
The staffer in question, James Hallinan, claims that Grisham dumped water on his crotch and then attempted to touch his genitals.
As Fox News reports:
“Governor Lujan Grisham and Mr. Hallinan have resolved any differences or issues to their satisfaction. I am not able to provide any further information,” Hallinan’s attorney Rachel Berlin Benjamin told Fox News in a statement…
Lujan Grisham and the campaign “strenuously deny that there is any merit or truth to Mr. Hallinan’s claims, including his claims about difficulty finding or keeping work after the campaign,” campaign spokesman Jared Leopold told the Albuquerque Journal.
“They reached a settlement in order to avoid the continuing distraction and significant expense of possible litigation and allow them to concentrate on working for the people of New Mexico during this pandemic.”…
Hallinan later tweeted that he’d endured “long, horrific abuse” under Grisham and accused her staff of trying to cover it up. He said he felt as if he’d been “under her thumb.”
The funds are reportedly coming from the coffers of her gubernatorial campaign, meaning that her donors will be the ones left footing the bill.