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Arnold says in deposition he 'spanked' Overly's knee, she threatened to 'knock me out'


FRANKFORT, Kentucky — A former lawmaker who was sued for sexual harassment said in a deposition that he "spanked the knee" of a female lawmaker now running for lieutenant governor and that she told him if he did it again, "she'd knock me out."

The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/1OSZgH7 ) reports that Louisville attorney Thomas Clay, who represented two female legislative staffers who sued former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold, released Arnold's deposition Wednesday.

Rep. Sannie Overly, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, and former Legislative Research Commission director Robert Sherman had asked that their video depositions not be released. Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate denied the motions and noted that Overly was never deposed.

Arnold said in the deposition he couldn't recall ever sexually harassing the two legislative staffers.

The complaint was settled this summer for $400,000 from the Kentucky legislature.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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