According to sources quoted in The Washington Post, House Speaker Vance S. Wilkins, Jr. (R) "paid at least $100,000 last year to settle a sexual harassment complaint by a woman who said he repeatedly made unwelcome advances on her in the warehouse complex where his legislative office was located."
According to the POST, a 26 year-old clerical worker who was working for a construction company located in the Speaker's office building in Amherst described a series of unwelcome sexual advances by Wilkins
They included him "groping and pinning her
against office furniture."
continues to deny the groping allegation is true.
doesn't deny he
paid at least $100,000 to require his
alleged victim to keep silent on the matter.
In a statement released on June 13, Wilkins
said, "I don't blame anyone for my troubles.
Most of them I brought upon myself.
But times have changed and the rules have changed and what was accepted in the era in which I was raised is strictly off limits today.
I didn't change with the times, and if I have offended anyone I am truly sorry and I apologize."
FPN President Joe Glover said, "Vance Wilkins has done many things as a legislator and Speaker to keep Virginia's families strong.
Resignation Statement from Vance Wilkins
Wilkins Resigns as House Speaker
Website of House Speaker Vance S. Wilkins, Jr.