Heart is­sue sends for­mer House speaker to hos­pi­tal

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NATION -

Ken­tucky’s for­mer Repub­li­can House speaker has been hos­pi­tal­ized days af­ter re­sign­ing his lead­er­ship po­si­tion amid sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions.

A state­ment from a fam­ily mem­ber Fri­day morn­ing said Jeff Hoover had a heart-re­lated is­sue and asked for pri­vacy.

Hoover, 57, ac­knowl­edged on Sun­day that he was one of four law­mak­ers who set­tled a sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tion out­side of court with a mem­ber of the House Repub­li­can Cau­cus’ staff. Hoover de­nied the ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tion.

He said he sent in­ap­pro­pri­ate but con­sen­sual text mes­sages.

While Hoover re­signed his lead­er­ship po­si­tion, he re­mains in the Leg­is­la­ture. House GOP lead­ers have hired a Louisville law firm to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter. They ex­pect a pre­lim­i­nary re­port in 10 days.

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