NC Policy Watch, on Wednesday, reported that Rep. Duane Hall (D-Wake) has been accused by five women, most of whom Policy Watch has not named at their request, of allegedly sexually harassing behaviors stretching back years.
“Sexual harassment is never acceptable – no matter the party or politics,” Goodwin is quoted as saying in the Policy Watch article. “These are serious allegations and Representative Hall should step down. The North Carolina Democratic Party has no tolerance for sexual harassment and we continue to encourage women to speak out against inappropriate behavior of any kind.”
Rep. Darren Jackson (D-Wake), the state House Democratic leader, also issued a statement Wednesday.
“The allegations surrounding Representative Duane Hall are serious and the women involved deserve to be heard and supported,” said Jackson, who represents part of Wake County. “He has made unacceptable mistakes in harassing women. Yesterday, I spoke with him and asked him to resign. I think it is right that he step back from public service, work to make amends, and learn from his past mistakes.”
Hall is accused of making comments with persistent sexual innuendo and in some cases, repeated, unwanted sexual overtures by the women.
Hall is serving his third term in the legislature and has been seen as a rising star in the party with people looking at him as a possible challenger for Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and a candidate for the Lt. Governor seat in 2020.
The allegations range from comments to Hall kissing women at public events without their consent.
When asked by Policy Watch Hall said he believes “beyond a shadow of a doubt” that he’s never sexually harassed any women in his time as a state legislator.
“I’ve been single since I got a divorce in 2010,” Hall told Policy Watch. “Since I’ve been at the legislature, I dated several different people, none of whom worked with me in my legislative office or in my legal practice. Any person I’ve had a relationship with has been completely consensual.”
As of press time Hall had not officially announced whether or not he intends to resign his seat.