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Windy Boy: Harassment Report Violated Constitutional Rights

Mar 6, 2019

UPDATE: In an earlier version of this story, The Associated Press reported erroneously that former House Speaker Austin Knudsen and Senate President Scott Sales both confirmed the identity of the lawmaker. Sales said he knew who was the subject of the complaint, but did not publicly identify him as Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy. 

A Montana lawmaker says his constitutional rights have been violated after he was identified as the subject of a harassment complaint by a female legislator.

Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy of Box Elder said in a statement Tuesday to the Havre Daily News that he hopes such vilification won't happen again and that his legal team is advising him on the matter.

Windy Boy's statement was his first public comment since The Associated Press reported last month that a female lawmaker filed a complaint over text messages he sent her in 2017. The AP obtained the investigative report that blacked out the names of the parties and recommended that lawmakers take action before the harassment happens again.

CORRECTION Former House Speaker Austin Knudsen confirmed that Windy Boy was the subject of the complaint.