Republican Nebraska Sen. Julie Slama said she was “in shock” when Donald Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster allegedly put his hand “up in my dress” at a GOP dinner.
“As I … walked to my table, I felt a hand lift my skirt, up my dress, and the hand was Charles Herbster’s,” Slama said in an interview on Omaha’s KFAB news radio. “I was shocked. I was embarrassed. It’s one of the most traumatic things I’ve ever been through.”
Slama added, “I watched him grab another young woman’s buttocks five minutes later… This was witnessed by several people at the event.”
Slama spoke of the intimidating “huge power imbalance” in the situation between herself, then a newly appointed 22-year-old senator, and “one of the biggest donors in the Nebraska Republican Party.”
Herbster has denied all allegations: “defamatory fake news‘ and is now threatening to sue to protect his reputation. He gave the time of the allegations just a few weeks before the main suspect.
All 13 female senators in the Nebraska legislature, including five Republicans, issued statements Thursday condemning the “highly credible, confirmed allegations.”
“Sexual assault is despicable and harmful,” the statement added. “It’s not a question of politics – it is one Question of character and basic human decency.” Herbster’s actions “render him unfit for duty,” the statement concluded.
The primary for governor and lieutenant governor is on May 10. The winner of the Republican primary was expected to win the November general election.
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/julie-slama-charles-herbster-nebraska-gubernatorial-groping-allegations_n_6259fbe3e4b0e97a351e7edb Senator ‘in shock’ as Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate ‘puts my dress up’