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Attorney General Curtis Hill addresses allegations

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Sunday night that he would address the media regarding allegations of inappropriate behavior in connection to a March 15 legislative end-of-session party. 

Hill will provide public comments at 10 a.m. Monday on both the allegations and recent calls for his resignation by Republican and Democratic leaders, according to a release from his office. 

On Monday, Hill denied allegations that he inappropriately touched women at an Indianapolis bar following the end of the legislative session. 

On Saturday, dozens attended a downtown rally calling for Hill to resign. 

Earlier in the week, Gov. Holcomb called for Hill to resign and for an investigation into the incident by the inspector general. 

Hill has denied the allegations and called them “troubling” and “vicious.” He has also said he would not resign and that he is seeking a fair investigation. 

A native of Elkhart and a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, Hill became attorney general Jan. 9, 2017, after his election in 2016. According to his biography, more than 1.64 million Hoosiers cast ballots for Hill, making him the top vote-getter of any elected official in Indiana history.

Here is a timeline of events leading up to allegations of inappropriate conduct of Hill:

March 15: A legislative end-of-session party occurs at a downtown Indianapolis bar, AJ’s Lounge, 1118 S. Meridian St.

May 14: The state’s top four legislative leaders are made aware of concerns regarding Attorney General Curtis Hill’s conduct at the party.

May 15, 16 and 17: Five legislative employees who made the allegations are interviewed by various legislative personnel.

June 18: An Indianapolis lawyer, Blake J. Burgan, sends a report by email to the director of the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, George T. Angelone, to advise the General Assembly regarding an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct by Hill.

June 29: Hill learns about the investigation into concerns about his conduct at the party during a conference call with legislative leaders.

Monday, July 2: Hill meets with legislators about the allegations. He said he requested a copy of a “confidential” report about the allegation prepared by an Indianapolis lawyer, Blake J. Burgan. publishes an exclusive story on four women alleging Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched them at the March 15 party at an Indianapolis bar. 

The state’s top four legislative leaders say they had completed an investigation into concerns expressed by General Assembly employees about Hill’s conduct at the party.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, celebrating his anniversary in a remote area of Montana, says he will comment upon his return to Indianapolis late July 3.

Hill issues a statement calling the allegations “troubling” and denying any inappropriate behavior.

Tuesday, July 3: State Democratic Party leaders call for Hill’s resignation. 

Hill issues a statement: “The lack of due process in the prejudicial investigation is concerning.” He later issues another statement: “Let me be clear, I am not resigning my position as Attorney General.”

The Associated Press releases a copy of the “confidential” report

Thursday, July 5: Gov. Holcomb calls on Hill to resign. 

Friday, July 6: Indiana Inspector General Lori Torres says her office will conduct an investigation into the allegations.

State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, a Democrat from Munster, writes a column for The Northwest Indiana Times that details her being grabbed by Hill.

Hill reiterates in a statement from his office that he will not resign. 

Gabrielle McLemore, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Senate Democrats, writes a statement detailing Hill giving her a back rub.