Rep. Faith Winter files formal complaint against Rep. Steve Lebsock, who has his own complaints

A Colorado state representative accused of sexually harassing a fellow Democratic lawmaker and two other women says he’s the one being harassed.

District 34 Representative Steve Lebsock. The first day of the Colorado state legislative session. Jan 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A Colorado state representative accused of sexually harassing a fellow Democratic lawmaker and two other women says he’s being harassed and unfairly pressured to resign.

Rep. Steve Lebsock renewed his denial of the allegations on Tuesday and said he is getting harassing texts and offers of jobs if he’ll step down. Speaking to reporters at the state Capitol, the Thornton lawmaker also criticized Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and others for calling on him to resign within hours of the allegations becoming public Friday. He says he should have been given a chance to defend himself first.

His statements came a day after Democratic Rep. Faith Winter said she filed a sexual harassment complaint against Lebsock with House Speaker Crisanta Duran, which triggers a confidential investigation.

Such complaints in the House of Representatives are handled by Duran but she isn’t allowed to confirm the existence of a complaint under the Legislature’s harassment policy. Duran said Monday that she would appoint an independent party to investigate any complaint.

Lebsock has denied doing anything wrong and said any accuser should file a formal complaint. Later, he also apologized for the pain he caused the three women.