NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee Attorney General said Thursday their office is conducting an investigation surrounding state Rep. Jeremy Durham.
The investigation was requested by House Speaker Beth Harwell who asked for “an independent investigation into the facts surrounding [Durham]’s ongoing situation.”
“Additionally, I have asked them to issue a report with their findings. If and when an expulsion resolution comes before the House of Representatives, the report could be part of that process,” Harwell added in a statement sent to media.
Earlier in the day, Durham’s office released a statement saying that effective Jan. 27 he “has taken a couple of weeks of leave from the legislature, which has been approved by Speaker Harwell.”
“Nevertheless, he categorically denies having any physical relationship with former representatives Harrison or Wilburn,” the statement continued.
Durham was responding to a report by The Associated Press that alleges Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Durham had an affair with another lawmaker, causing that lawmaker to resign.
The Associated Press went on to say the comment by Ramsey was made to reporters after a legislative preview session on Thursday.
“This is a very sad situation and Jeremy Durham needs to get the help that he needs,” said Brent Leatherwood, Executive Director of the Tennessee Republican Party.
The allegations of an affair come after Durham stepped away from the Republic caucus Wednesday morning. He said he was leaving voluntarily after published allegations that he had sent inappropriate text messages to females connected to the legislature.
Just one day prior, Durham told News 2, “Until somebody can produce evidence of sexual harassment, I would like for people to stop assuming that that happened.” Click here to hear that interview.