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NM Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham pays a minimum of $60Okay in alleged crotch-grabbing settlement: report

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham paid out a minimum of $62,500 to settle with a former staffer who accused her of grabbing his crotch in 2018, the Albuquerque Journal first reported.

James Hallinan, a former spokesman for Lujan Grisham’s marketing campaign, accused her of assaulting him at the house of state Rep. Deborah Armstrong throughout a gathering months earlier than the 2018 election. Hallinan instructed the Santa Fe New Mexican that Grisham dumped water in his lap after which reached towards his genitals.

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“Governor Lujan Grisham and Mr. Hallinan have resolved any variations or points to their satisfaction. I’m not in a position to present any additional data,” Hallinan’s lawyer Rachel Berlin Benjamin instructed Fox Information in an announcement.

Each Lujan Grisham’s workplace and Armstrong have denied any such occasion occurred.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face mask at the start of an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the State's effort to limit the impact of the disease on residents, during a news conference at the State Capitol on Wednesday. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham removes her face masks initially of an replace on the COVID-19 outbreak in New Mexico and the State’s effort to restrict the influence of the illness on residents, throughout a information convention on the State Capitol on Wednesday. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal by way of AP)

Lujan Grisham and the marketing campaign “strenuously deny that there’s any benefit or fact to Mr. Hallinan’s claims, together with his claims about issue discovering or maintaining work after the marketing campaign,” marketing campaign spokesman Jared Leopold instructed the Albuquerque Journal.

“They reached a settlement as a way to keep away from the persevering with distraction and important expense of potential litigation and permit them to focus on working for the folks of New Mexico throughout this pandemic.”

Hallinan mentioned he’d been assaulted in entrance of Armstrong, Grisham’s marketing campaign adviseer Dominick Cabello and two staffers. The governor’s spokeswoman, Nora Meyers Sackett, mentioned: “We’re a rambunctious bunch. I believe they have been taking part in round with water.”

Hallinan later tweeted that he’d endured “lengthy, horrific abuse” underneath Grisham and accused her workers of making an attempt to cowl it up. He mentioned he felt as if he’d been “underneath her thumb.” 

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Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has held workplace since 2019.

Fox Information’ inquiry to Lujan Grisham’s workplace was not returned on the time of publication.

Fox Information’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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