'I Was Blackballed': Former Congressional Staffer Recounts Alleged Sexual Harassment by Lawmaker
A former Congressional Black Caucus Fellow told Laura Ingraham that she was sexually harassed by a congressman in 2013.
M. Reese Everson said that a member of Congress asked if he could flirt with her "in order [for her] to excel in [her] career."
She said that, at the time, she did not see the encounter as harassment, but as an "inappropriate experience."
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"OK. I've got to get out of here," Everson recounted telling herself at the time, feeling the situation would get worse.
Everson said the congressman suggested that if she "flirted" with him, she could further her career.
"[He said], so Reese, are you gonna be a good girl?," she recalled, adding that he made it clear to her that "if you're gonna be a good girl, what is the point of you being here?"
She said she tried to move to another Congressional office position, but was "retaliated against, wrongfully terminated and blackballed."
Everson said that some on Capitol Hill are forced to work in such "pervasive, incestuous silence... that keeps women from speaking up."
She said she submitted a formal complaint to the Capitol's accountability office, but was told she was ineligible for their services as an "intern or fellow."
Everson said there are "whispers" among young female staffers, cautioning other women against working in specific offices because of sexual harassment.
Watch her emotional interview above.
UPDATE: Since this interview aired, a model and broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, has accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken of groping and kissing her without her consent.