Eagerly anticipated sexual misconduct testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has overshadowed a similar hearing against a Black former lawmaker that is scheduled for the same day.
The House Financial Services Committee will hear testimony Thursday (September 27) from a Federal Housing Finance Agency employee who accused her boss Mel Watt of making unwanted sexual advances, Politico reported.
Simone Grimes said the former North Carolina congressman made advances during a conversation about her job and salary.
This hearing comes as a third woman has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the Guardian reported on Wednesday.
President Barack Obama appointed Watt in 2014 to oversee the independent agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation’s dominant mortgage-financing companies.
Politico was first to report the sexual harassment allegations in July after obtaining documents and partial transcripts of tapes.
In one instance, during a 2016 meeting about her job, Watt reportedly wanted to talk about his feelings for Grimes. And in a separate incident, he asked her, “If I kissed that one would it lead to more?” referring to a tattoo on her ankle.
The former congressman denied wrongdoing. “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,” he stated in July when information about the alleged harassment was leaked.
All eyes Thursday, however, will be on Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to step forward and accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school. A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s, has also accused the nominee.
The third woman, Julie Swetnick, alleged that she witnessed Kavanaugh at parties in high school drinking heavily and physically abusing girls, including attempting to remove or shift clothing to expose their body parts, according to the Guardian.
Grimes already filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint. It’s unclear exactly when she filed it, but the federal government has 180 days to investigate allegations before she can file a lawsuit.
Assisted Living For Old Felons: Photos From Bill Cosby's New Prison Homes
1. SCI Phoenix Prison
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.@CorrectionsPA says Bill Cosby will stay at SCI Phoenix in Skippack, Montgomery County to serve his 3-10 year prison sentence. DOC says “He is being housed in a single cell in a unit adjacent to the infirmary.” @KYWNewsradio pic.twitter.com/8LZlOZ75Db— Jim Melwert (@JMelwert) September 26, 2018
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“Our quest to create a humane space where we can bring about positive change and keep communities safe.” - Rev. Ulli Klemm. SCI Phoenix dedication. pic.twitter.com/CiGrwDFHGz— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) June 2, 2018
3. Cosby's prison mates at SCI Phoenix
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The move from Graterford to Phoenix has resumed. Here's a picture from 7/14/18. Inmates moving into the west side of the facility - SCI Phoenix has East & West sides separated by centrally-shared areas - food services, work, education, treatment, etc. pic.twitter.com/saM9QwmCH5— PA Department of Corrections (@CorrectionsPA) July 15, 2018
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This is where Bill Cosby is going to prison Bill Cosby will serve three to 10 years for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix in Pennsylvania. Here's a look inside the maximum-security prison. https://t.co/E2A5xn3ezF #Video #USRC pic.twitter.com/zLrHvTHwkC— Top U.S. & World News🗽 (@USRealityCheck) September 26, 2018
7. SCI Phoenix Prison
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Good morning from SCI Phoenix, the state prison in eastern Pennsylvania where inmate William Henry Cosby spent the night.— A-riff-on Frankenstein (@AFrancoTX) September 26, 2018
Prison officials tell us he got a jumpsuit, blanket, sheets and a hygiene kit just like every other inmate. #CosbySentencing pic.twitter.com/qXA0qzTq3Y
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I’m at SCI Phoenix where Bill Cosby is spending his first night as a convicted sex-offender. Prison staff tell me he’s finishing up his dinner of baked meatballs with rice, whipped potatoes, green beans and gravy. #CosbySentencing #cosbysentence #Cosby @NBCPhiladelphia pic.twitter.com/uVkkLqMXHm— Denise Nakano (@NakanoDenise) September 26, 2018
10. SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 10 of 20
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14. SCI Laurel Highlands Prison Inmate Using a WalkerSource:Getty 14 of 20
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16. Wheelchair Bound Prisoner Gazing Across SCI Laurel Highlands Prison YardSource:Getty 16 of 20
17. Older Prisoner in Hospital Room at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 17 of 20
18. Older Prisoners in Wheelchairs at SCI Laurel Highlands PrisonSource:Getty 18 of 20
19. SCI Laurel Highlands Prison
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Informative tour at Laurel Highlands SCI today with Judiciary Committee pic.twitter.com/4HbzFVZp36— Sheryl M. Delozier (@RepDelozier) August 10, 2016
Obama Appointee At Center Of Capitol Hill Sexual Misconduct Hearing On Same Day As Kavanaugh was originally published on newsone.com