RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – With a little over a week before the election, Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey has been put on the defensive. According to a report in the Richmond times-Dispatch, Morrissey made sexual advances toward a client, Kanika S. Morris, in February at his law office.
“At no time was there any inappropriate behavior, inappropriate touching, etc.”
Morris was there to discuss a charge of grand larceny when Morris claimed Morrissey exposed himself. She also claims that he sent her a number of text messages that were also lewd.
On Friday night, Morrissey released a statement saying acknowledging that Morris came to his office but was never alone with him. He also admitted that he had a brief relationship with Morris.
“At no time was there any inappropriate behavior, inappropriate touching, etc.,” Morrissey wrote.
- READ: Morrissey-statement
During a 7 p.m. press conference, Morrissey continued to deny the allegations but did acknowledge the previous relationship. He also said that he did not recall any text messages he may have had with Morris, but he did not deny them. Morrissey’s wife, Myrna, was visibly disturbed and cut the press conference short.
Some of Morrissey’s opponents in the mayor’s race were at a debate hosted by the Fan District Association. Levar Stoney’s camp sent this comment to 8News about the allegations.
- RAW VIDEO: Morrissey’s response
“For far too long [Joe Morrissey’s] professional misconduct has held not only his constituents back, but Richmond’s back.”
Jack Berry also sounded off on the headlines, eyeing a path to victory in the wake of the renewed controversy.
“If we can shave a few percentage points off of his lead because of these latest troubles that he’s in, that could be enough for us to win.”
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