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Report says Missouri lawmaker created false affair rumor

An investigation of a sexual harassment complaint has concluded that a Missouri House member created a false rumor that another lawmaker was having an affair with an employee.

A report by the House Ethics Committee says Rep. Rocky Miller engaged in “conduct unbecoming” a lawmaker and may have compromised the House’s ability to provide a “respectful, professional work environment.”

The Republican from the Lake of the Ozarks area declined to comment Friday to The Associated Press.

The ethics report says Miller’s actions weren’t severe or pervasive enough to qualify as sexual harassment under federal or state law. It says Miller underwent additional sexual harassment training and wrote an apology letter to the House employee who filed the complaint.

The ethics committee did not recommend any further action against Miller.

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