Roll Call is reporting that taxpayers paid $220,000 in 2014 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings.

Stephanie Akin reports:

The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment that involved Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.

Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.

The 2014 payment to settle the case involving Hastings was not apparently included in a breakdown of payouts to settle discrimination complaints against House lawmakers from the past five years released last month by the Office of Compliance, which approves the payouts. That total included only one payment to resolve a sexual harassment claim — $84,000 paid to settle a complaint against Texas GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold.

Hastings said that a lawsuit filed against him was ultimately dropped and he’s “outraged” that taxpayers dollars were “needlessly” paid to Packer.

He’s outraged.

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