INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A Republican staffer has come forward to publicly accuse Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill of groping her at a party, the third woman to do so.
Niki DaSilva is a legislative assistant for the Indiana Senate Republican Caucus. She says in her account in The Indianapolis Star that Hill slid his hand down her back and when she tried to push it away he grabbed her hand and moved both their hands over her buttocks, lingering there before letting go.
DaSilva says she was “taken aback” by what happened March 15 at an Indianapolis bar.
Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and Gabrielle McLemore, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Senate Democrats, last week accused Hill, a Republican, of inappropriately touching them at the party.
Hill has denied the allegations.
Hill also released the following statement in response to the accuser’ statement:
“On July 11, 2018, the Office of the Attorney General received an email of a draft ‘story’ from the accuser’s General Assembly email account. The statement was blind copied to the office email account of the accuser’s close friend, whose employment with the OAG had recently been terminated.
“In her draft ‘story,’ she editorialized her recollection of events. And she asked for help, stating: ‘This is the final draft for my statement attached. Please let me know if there are any grammatical errors or phrases that need to be changed/strengthened/eliminated.’
“It’s clear that the integrity of this investigation is compromised. The various stories appear to be coordinated and changed under the direction of others. We believe these emails could be material to an investigation. We would hope that any emails sent on state equipment between the accuser and others be preserved and not deleted.”