Nixon: Sexual harassment claims against Missouri lawmaker ‘deeply troubling’

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Governor Jay Nixon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called two former interns’ claims that state Sen. Paul LeVota made unwanted sexual advances toward them “deeply troubling.”

Nixon said Thursday that allegations against the Democratic senator from Independence raise “serious questions” about his ability to serve. Nixon says sexual harassment “must not be tolerated.”

LeVota did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press on Thursday.

Nixon’s statement comes after the Wednesday release of an internal Senate investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against LeVota by an intern this past legislative session. LeVota denied those claims.

A second intern now claims LeVota sent her inappropriate text messages and invited her to his duplex in 2010.

The Senate also says it’s launching a review of the new claims against LeVota.