A former Congressional staffer has accused Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) of groping her behind at a party in Washington D.C. in 2014, adding to existing charges of financial misconduct.
According to CNN, Rorey Riley-Topping was in a bar at a dinner held by the National Republican Congressional Committee when Hunter approached her, visibly intoxicated. In describing the incident, she said, "Duncan Hunter had told me that he wanted to talk to me about Agent Orange, which is an issue the committee was dealing with at the time. I politely said, 'Great. I'll get in touch with your staff.' And he kind of leaned in and said, 'No, I want to talk to you about it,' and had reached over and pulled himself in very close with his hand on my behind.”
Last August, Hunter was charged with wire fraud, falsifying records, and campaign finance violations. After accounts of a luxurious lifestyle filled with foreign trips, private school payments, and more funded by campaign donations, Hunter stepped down from his congressional committee assignments. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Riley-Topping said she did not initially report the incident to her superiors at the time because that kind of behavior was common on Capitol Hill at the time. She also said she decided to leave her job in Congress because of the incident, and resigned months later.