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Democrats call for further investigation into Durham fallout

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Jeremy Durham (WSMV file photo) Jeremy Durham (WSMV file photo)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A state lawmaker wants the Department of Justice to intervene if state investigators refuse to dig deeper into alleged civil rights violations in the Tennessee Legislature.

Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, called on a Republican lawmaker to explain why she fired a staff member.

An investigation conducted by the Attorney General indicated a female lawmaker fired the staffer after receiving advances from former state representative Jeremy Durham.

Durham was expelled from the House of Representatives last month. The report accused him of sexually harassing 22 women tied to the Legislature.

Stewart said if the allegations regarding the lawmaker are true, she should resign.

The Nashville Scene named the lawmaker yesterday, who had previously been referred to as Rep. Jane Doe 33.

“I think the citizens of Tennessee would want someone to stand up for their mother, their sister, their daughter if something had happened to them in the Tennessee General Assembly,” said Rep. Bo Mitchell, D-Nashville.

The lawmaker could not be reached for comment on Thursday. Calls to her office went unanswered.

House Republican Caucus spokesman Cade Cothren said the representative has been on vacation for several days.

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