State Sen. Mallory McMorrow at Lansing Community College, June 4, 2019 | Susan J. Demas
State Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) will be filing a sexual harassment report against fellow state Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) about a 2018 incident she said happened during Senate orientation, Crain’s reports Tuesday morning.
This comes as the Senate Business Office already has an investigation into Lucido for comments he made last week to Michigan Advance reporter Allison Donahue. The senator, who is in GOP caucus leadership, told Donahue a group of De La Salle Collegiate schoolboys could “have a lot of fun with you” among several other remarks.
The Michigan Advance last Wednesday ran Donahue’s first-person story. The school has since apologized. Lucido initially gave a brief apology on Twitter but has since given several different accounts to media about his remarks.
Crain’s reports on Tuesday that McMorrow decided to file a complaint after Donahue came forward and Lansing-based MIRS News declined to withdraw Lucido’s “Senator of the Year” award, despite her request.
“Once I saw [Donahue] give an interview and she said ‘it made me feel small,’ I felt guilty,” McMorrow told Crain’s. “I felt like had I said something sooner maybe this wouldn’t have happened to her.”
McMorrow did not immediately return requests for comment. She told Crain’s reporter Chad Livengood that at the 2018 orientation, which included sexual harassment training, Lucido allegedly “shook my hand and with his other hand held my low back with his fingers on my hips, effectively upper rear, and we had a back-and-forth conversation.”
McMorrow added that the way Lucido looked at her body and his remarks “felt really degrading and deflating.” State Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D-Beverly Hills) recalled the interaction in a Crain’s interview. McMorrow said Lucido has made subsequent comments, such as about her hair.
The publication said Lucido responded via text, “I categorically deny this allegation, which I believe is completely untrue and politically motivated.”
Neither Lucido nor Senate GOP spokeswoman Amber McCann immediately returned requests for comment.
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