BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota Rep. Luke Simons, who has been asked to resign by Republican leadership following reports he threatened and sexually harassed women at the state Capitol, says the allegations are inaccurate and have been “totally misconstrued and taken out of context.”

A 14-page document compiled by the nonpartisan Legislative Council includes allegations that Simons had made “advances” toward female staffers and interns, commented on their appearances and tried to give one staffer a shoulder massage.

House Republican leaders have said lawmakers will weigh all the information and options, including expulsion, when the Legislature reconvenes Wednesday.

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert says he hopes action regarding Simons will be done this week. the Bismarck Tribune reported.

Simons says he deserves the opportunity to confront his accusers.

“If the Legislature decides to inquire into any of my conduct or any of the allegations made by the director of the Legislative Council, then I look forward to a full and complete public hearing in which witnesses are heard, the true facts are determined, and where I am provided all of my due process rights and afforded the opportunity to require the attendance of witnesses, if necessary by subpoena,” Simons said in a statement late Tuesday.

Simons’ attorney, Lynn Boughey, said that he believes the House cannot expel Simons, and beyond censure, can only impeach him, which would require a Senate trial.

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