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Staffer for Gov. Edwards resigns amid sexual harassment claims

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - An aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards has resigned, in the wake of emerging sexual misconduct allegations.
 
Johnny Anderson, who served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Planning, left his post Wednesday afternoon.
 
"We take these allegations very seriously," Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo wrote in a prepared statement. "Upon commencement of the investigative process within 24 hours of first learning of these allegations, Johnny Anderson resigned from the Governor’s Office."
 
Over the past week, sources confirmed to LaPolitics.com that the allegations were going to be leveled against Anderson, and that potential litigation against the state and the disgraced staffer could follow.
 
"Gov. Edwards has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, and it will not be tolerated in this administration," Carbo added.
 
This is not the first such allegation against Anderson. As chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors, multiple women accused him of sexual harassment. Records indicate he allegedly sought sexual favors for promotions or job security. Anderson eventually stepped down from that position.
 
Edwards addressed the recent explosion nationwide of sexual misconduct allegations, while on his monthly radio show Wednesday.
 
"I'm hopeful that this discussion -- this conversation we're having across the country today -- is going to have some real results," he said.

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