Democratic Caucus of Louisville Metro Council urges Councilman Dan Johnson to resign

Democratic Caucus of Louisville Metro Council urges Councilman Dan Johnson to resign
Published: Jul. 13, 2017 at 5:56 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2017 at 9:24 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Democratic Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council urged Councilman Dan Johnson to resign from Metro Council in a Majority Caucus Resolution Thursday.

This comes after two sexual harassment complaints. Johnson was invited to be part of the hearing, but he did not show up.

"We urge him to resign by Aug. 1 to avoid a removal action by members of our caucus and I fully expect that will happen if he hasn't resigned by that day," Majority Caucus Chair Bill Hollander said.

The Democratic Caucus decided not to accept Councilman Dan Johnson's resignation and instead voted to expel him. Members met behind closed doors for several hours before issuing the resolution.

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"I can tell you that we heard testimony, we looked at documents," Hollander said. "I think we gave this a thorough review."

On Wednesday, Johnson appeared on Terry Meiners' WHAS Radio show to defend himself. Johnson is accused of grabbing and squeezing Councilwoman Jessica Green's back side while posing for a picture during an event. He has since alleged that she harassed him.

"She has to come to grips that it was an accident and I didn't do it on purpose and I'm sorry she feels like it wasn't an accident," Johnson said.

"The insincerity of Councilman Johnson's apology is disturbing," Hollander said.

But that's not the only allegation. Councilwoman Angela Leet has been working on a sexual harassment policy after her aide reported that Johnson's pants fell down in front of her in a parking lot. He told Meiners that his weight fluctuates and sometimes his pants do fall down.

"I've had a thin waist and a full waist and it depends on where I was at that time I suppose as to what happened, but I sure don't remember it," Johnson said.

Johnson told Meiners he doesn't want to be associated with the caucus. He's now the only Democratic member not represented. The caucus now saying they have taken the strongest action they can.

Green's attorney Brian Butler spoke on behalf of her.

"We want to say that we believe the process worked," Butler said.

If Johnson does not resign Hollander said the removal process is long and expensive.

Johnson posted on Facebook Thursday about the actions taken against him stating:

"I did not ever sexually harass Councilwoman Green or the legislative aide. This has been another desperate and malicious act by a few Democratic caucus members wishing to install their hand picked crony as a Council Member.

I will continue to express my innocence and I am eager to clear my name of these allegations while doing my best every day to serve the 21st District. I was elected by the 21st District to serve the people for four years and I intend to do just that until the end of my term in office.

Hopefully soon Democratic Caucus leadership will see that these false allegations are just a distraction for the public and will return to serving the constituents' issues that matter most.

- Councilman Dan Johnson"

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