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Kamala Harris aide resigns over harassment settlement

An aide to California Sen. Kamala Harris (D) resigned Wednesday after his involvement in a settled harassment case was uncovered by a local newspaper.
The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that Harris’s office confirmed the resignation of Larry Wallace, the senator’s senior adviser, after the Bee contacted Harris’s office with questions related to Wallace’s conduct at California’s state Department of Justice.
According to a lawsuit uncovered by the newspaper, Wallace was named in a 2016 harassment case that was settled last year after a woman who previously worked as his executive assistant said that the former state official “harassed and demeaned” her due to her gender.
The lawsuit also claims that Wallace repeatedly asked his assistant to change the paper on a printer located under his desk while she was wearing dresses or skirts, frequently in front of male guests. When she asked to move the printer to avoid such compromising situations, Wallace reportedly refused.
The lawsuit was filed while Harris was preparing to take office as California’s junior U.S. senator, during the waning days of her tenure as California’s attorney general. Her successor, Xavier Becerra, settled the lawsuit months later. At that time, Wallace began working for the senator.
In a statement to the Bee, Harris’s office maintained that it was unaware of Wallace’s role in the lawsuit and that the aide had offered his resignation.
“We were unaware of this issue and take accusations of harassment extremely seriously. This evening, Mr. Wallace offered his resignation to the senator and she accepted it,” a spokeswoman told the newspaper.
Harris, who was elected in 2016, is considered a top possibility for the 2020 Democratic nomination and is rumored to be considering a White House run.