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Metro Council president issues new guidelines for Councilman Dan Johnson

David Yates (Source: WAVE 3 News file) David Yates (Source: WAVE 3 News file)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Metro Council President David Yates has issued new guidelines for embattled councilman Dan Johnson, after several claims of sexual harassment have been pegged against him.

In the letter dated July 4, Yates requested that Johnson notify his office via email prior to appearing at City Hall.

"Furthermore, it has recently been brought to my attention that some metro council employees are fearful and intimidated by your physical presence," Yates stated in the letter. "In an effort to amicably resolve the situation I am requesting that you refrain from the second floor at any time and that you notify my office, via email (david.yates@louisvilleky.gov) at least an hour prior to arriving at City Hall to provide an opportunity for those employees to make any necessary arrangements."

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The precautions come after Yates created a work group to find the deficiencies within metro council policy, on the heels of a string of sexual harassment issues surrounding Councilman Johnson.

Councilwoman Jessica Green (D1) filed a sexual harassment complaint against Johnson (D21) after an alleged incident at Wyandotte Park on June 7. Green said Johnson groped her, squeezed her buttock and whispered in her ear during a press conference taking place on the parks basketball courts.

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Johnson issued an apology to Green about a week later without admitting to the alleged actions, reading in part, "I am so sorry you felt I improperly touched you inappropriately on purpose."

Another woman, Erin Hinson, claimed she, too, was sexually harassed by Johnson, and the lack of procedure brought her case to the public against her wishes. Both Green and Hinson said they did not want to address their reports of sexual harassment publicly but without appropriate procedure, they weren’t given a choice.

In the letter, Yates also stated that he will be removing Johnson as Vice Chair of the Community Affairs, Housing, Health and Education Committee, however, he will remain a committee member. Johnson will also stay on the Budget and the Appropriations, NDF's and CIF's committees.

Johnson will be working with the Metro Council until his current term comes to an end in January 2019.

You can read the full letter below:

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