NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Jeremy Durham spoke to News 2 via text message on Thursday, just one day after Speaker Beth Harwell confirmed there will be a vote on the lawmaker’s expulsion during a special session next week.
When asked by reporter Chris Bundgaard if he would attend the special session, Durham replied by saying, “If they provide me a legitimate opportunity to present my own evidence and face my accusers, I wouldn’t miss it. But it must be fair.”
Durham also added, “They’re trying to expel someone who’s never been charged with a crime and never been the subject of a human resources complaint. The least they could do is give me a fair trial. Simply giving someone a few last words before a vote is taken on them sounds more like medieval beheading than anything resembling American constructional principles.”
Durham, who was the subject of a scathing state attorney general report where 22 Tennessee Capitol Hill women accused him of sexual harassment, recently lost a primary bid, but he will retain his seat until a replacement is elected in November.
Other lawmakers have voiced their concerns about Durham receiving pension. Pensions begin at the age of 55 and lasts for the rest of the recipient’s life.
Durham’s pension, if he finishes his second term in November, would be worth about $344 per month, or $4,130 per year.
Durham has maintained his innocence and has denied having any sexual contact with individuals named in the attorney general’s report.