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Rep. Littleton dodges questions on involvement in Jeremy Durham scandal

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Ten people with knowledge of the situation say Jane Doe 33 is Mary Littleton. (WSMV) Ten people with knowledge of the situation say Jane Doe 33 is Mary Littleton. (WSMV)

A lawmaker dodged questions Thursday about whether she was involved in the Jeremy Durham scandal.

The I-Team asked her: Is she Jane Doe 33?

Jane Doe 33 was a lawmaker described in an attorney general’s investigation who fired her female staffer. The report, released in July, claimed that staffer was sexually harassed by former state Rep. Jeremy Durham.

In all, the report accused Durham of harassing 22 women tied to the General Assembly. He was expelled from the House of Representatives last month.

Ten people with knowledge of the situation say Jane Doe 33 is Littleton. But there’s only one person who can truly confirm that: Mary Littleton.

Last week, House Democrats called on Littleton to clarify what role she played, if any.

“If the allegations are true, Mary Littleton needs to resign today from the Legislature,” said Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville.

Since Oct. 6, the I-Team has repeatedly asked Littleton to comment.

The lawmaker did not return phone calls, emails or messages, so the I-Team tried talking to Littleton at a campaign event Thursday.

Last week, the Democrats referenced an article in the Nashville Scene that identified Littleton as Jane Doe 33.

The AG’s report claims in 2013, Jane Doe 33’s staffer was harassed by Durham on several occasions. The staff told investigators the situation made her “super uncomfortable.”

The report stated Durham commented on the staffer’s breasts, texted her late at night, kissed her on two separate occasions and asked to come inside her apartment.

“The great majority of the anonymous allegations in the AG report are either completely false or taken completely out of context,” said Durham the day after the report was released.

The report stated when Jane Doe 33 discovered they had been “communicating and hanging out,” she fired her staffer.

In the report, Jane Doe 33 described her relationship with Durham as “best friends” and even told investigators they laughed about the sexual harassment allegations.

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

Littleton has never addressed if she truly is Jane Doe 33.

The I-Team has called her office numerous times, left several messages, and sent several emails.

Then, an invitation from the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce was sent to WSMV. It read, “Your [sic] are invited!” 

On Monday, the director of the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce said they did not organize the campaign event but sent the invitation on behalf of Littleton, a member.

The event’s featured speaker was Rep. Mary Littleton, R-Dickson.

But it was clear Littleton did not intend to speak to us.

“Hi, my name is Alanna, I'm with Channel 4. How are you today?" asked reporter Alanna Autler.

“I have no comment for you, this is my event,” said Littleton. “There’s no comment.”

“We were invited to this event, representative,” Autler said. “I just wanted to ask, is it true that you are Jane Doe 33?”

Littleton got back into her car and drove away.

Even after seeing the emailed invitation, a representative from the event venue asked Channel 4 to leave the premises.

Last month, Speaker Beth Harwell said she will not be pursuing the representatives named in the report who reportedly knew of the alleged harassment.

Harlow Sumerford, a spokesman for the Attorney General, said the office is not investigating the matter involving Jane Doe 33.

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