Governor Calls On Rep. Byrd to Address Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Gov. Bill Lee says Rep. David Byrd, the Waynesboro Republican accused by three women of sexually assaulting them, now needs to answer to the allegations made against him more than a year ago, the Tennessean reports. Lee for months avoided taking a position on whether action should be taken against Byrd, although he met with one of his accusers in March. After two high-ranking House Republicans weighed in this week saying they believed the women's allegations, Lee followed suit Thursday afternoon. “I met with Christi Rice and found her to be credible," Lee said in a statement. "While the House must determine if Rep. Byrd should continue service, I believe it is past time for him to address these allegations publicly.”
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