Steve Lebsock says he’s being blackmailed to resign, denies sexual harassment allegations

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Shaking and tearful, state Rep. Steve Lebsock went before reporters Tuesday to deny he sexually harassed three women who came forward in The Denver Post and claimed he was being blackmailed to resign by an unknown person.

The unusual moment came days after state Rep. Faith Winter came forward with a story about how Lebsock, a fellow Democratic lawmaker and state treasurer candidate, described sexual acts and tried to get her to leave a legislative party with him in May 2016.

Lebsock spoke to reporters at the Capitol and read aloud text messages from a person he didn’t know, who sent him hostile messages and promised him a job if he resigned immediately. Followed by reporters, Lebsock took the text messages to the Colorado State Patrol at the Capitol to file a harassment complaint.

“Right now, I am fearful for my life,” Lebsock said.

In an interview with The Post, the caller identified himself as Joel Sayre, a former Colorado political activist who now lives in Michigan to bring awareness to the water crisis in Flint. He said he does not know Lebsock and only learned of the allegations against him on Facebook.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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