FHFA Director Accused of Sexual Harassment
Mel Watt, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment of an employee. According to reports, an accuser alleges that the 72-year-old former NC Congressman repeatedly made inappropriate sexual advances when she tried to discuss career and salary concerns. The conversations included a 2016 meeting during which Watt allegedly steered the discussion to his feelings for the woman, according to documents and partial transcripts of tapes obtained by Politico. In a separate encounter, Watt his accuser alleges he asked about a tattoo on her ankle, saying, “If I kissed that one would it lead to more?" The employee, who requested privacy during an ongoing investigation, has filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint. "The selective leaks related to this matter are obviously intended to embarrass or to lead to an unfounded or political conclusion,” Watt said in an e-mail. “However, I am confident that the investigation currently in progress will confirm that I have not done anything contrary to law. I will have no further comment while the investigation is in progress." More here.