UPDATE: Indiana AG Curtis Hill won't resign amid groping allegations

INDIANAPOLIS (WNDU) – Indiana’s embattled attorney general broke his silence today on sexual misconduct allegations levelled against him last week.

Curtis Hill suggested he was the victim of a rush to judgement. “I now stand falsely and publicly accused of abhorrent behavior. These false allegations have irretrievably damaged my reputation. Folks we are living in a time where accusations alone have the power of conviction.”

Hill concluded his remarks saying he wants his name and his reputation back, and he wants those who called for his resignation to rescind those requests.

While two women have gone public with accusations that Hill touched them inappropriately, Hill today emphasized that the process is a two way street.

“Now understand me, victims of sexual abuse and or sexual harassment deserve to have their voices heard. As a prosecuting attorney I fought hard for the rights of victims while also safeguarding the rights of the accused,” Hill said. “These past several days have witnessed my name and reputation dragged through the gutter in ways I would have never imagined. Apparently in this climate the standard is guilty, and who cares if you’re innocent.”

Hill said the allegations levelled against him were false. “We see a media based on sensationalism, nurturing an appetite for scandal fueled by social media.”

Hill spoke for about six and a half minutes. While his statement left little room for details, it left room for some. ”Well this past Friday one of the accusers came forward with a new statement. In it, she said I had arrived at A.J.’s Lounge alone when in fact, I was a guest and arrived with Tony Samuel. Furthermore in her statement on Friday she confirmed that her accusation, which is the most serious accusation by far, contained in the confidential report was materially inaccurate.”

Earlier versions:

The Latest on the groping allegations against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

An Indiana lawmaker who alleges that state Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched her during a party says Hill has betrayed the public trust and "lied about his actions to the very citizens he serves."

Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon released a statement Monday after Hill defiantly rejected calls to resign.

She and three legislative staffers say he inappropriately touched them during a party in Indianapolis in March. Hill says the allegations are false.

Candelaria Reardon says she will continue to cooperate with investigators until Hill "is held accountable for his abhorrent behavior."

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders called on Hill to resign last week after an internal memo outlining the allegations was leaked to the media.

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10:15 a.m.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is digging in and rejecting calls to resign, saying his name "has been dragged through the gutter" amid allegations that he inappropriately touched a lawmaker and several other women.

The Republican said during a news conference Monday that he stands "falsely and publicly accused of abhorrent behavior." He says he's been unfairly treated and asked for a fair investigation.

Hill declined to take questions but said he "never dreamed this could happen to me."

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP legislative leaders called on Hill to resign last week after an internal memo outlining the allegations was leaked to the media.

Hill said Monday that he respects the governor but wished he would have reached out to him "before rushing to judgment."

Replay Hill's entire news conference at this Facebook Live link.

Stay with NewsCenter 16 for updates Monday.


Mara Candelaria Reardon