Woman accuses Ore. Dem of sexual advance

A December 2010 file photo of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.). TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images

A young woman has accused an Oregon Congressman of unwanted sexual contact, but Rep. David Wu says the behavior was consensual.

The woman left a voicemail at the office of the Oregon Democrat this past spring, accusing him of aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior last Thanksgiving weekend.

The Oregonian reported Friday that after being confronted by senior aides, Wu acknowledged the sexual encounter but insisted it was consensual, the paper's sources said.

CBS Affilliate KOIN reports that in a one-sentence statement released by his spokesperson, Wu said he did not want to bring unwanted attention to the young woman.

"This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family," said the 56-year-old Wu.

The newspaper reported that the woman graduated from high school in 2010.

According to the paper, the sexual activity took place in Southern California three weeks after the election. She apparently did not contact police at the time.

Wu declined to comment on the story. The young woman and her family also declined comment to the paper.

KOIN reports that the alleged incident raises new questions about Wu's behavior during his re-election campaign last year. According to staff at the time and emails from the period, Wu behaved erratically, prompting his staff to avoided scheduling him for public appearances. Shortly before the Nov. 2 election, senior staff quietly shut down the campaign office and sent other campaign workers home.

In February, Wu acknowledged extreme stress last year, which he attributed to the campaign and to problems in his marriage. He and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce.

He said he sought counseling and has taken medication for an unspecified condition.

Comments

CBSN Live

pop-out
Live Video

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.