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Arizona lawmaker opens up about sexual harassment

Posted at 6:09 PM, Oct 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-20 21:09:54-04

An Arizona lawmaker is opening up about sexual harassment she says she's faced in the legislature. 

Republican Michelle Ugenti-Rita shared a post on Facebook saying in part, "Almost immediately upon my arrival to the capitol, I experienced unwanted sexual advances and lewd and suggestive comments regarding my body and appearance from male colleagues. Unfortunately, what I thought would be a professional and respectful work environment was not the reality I was experiencing."

Ugenti-Rita says she contacted house leaders who she says were understanding, but they were unable to help her.

She's one of the latest women to come forward with sexual abuse claims in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein Scandal.