Lebsock claims he’s being blackmailed, harassed after sexual harassment allegations

DENVER -- A second woman filed a complaint Tuesday for sexual harassment against Colorado State Rep. Steve Lebsock.

That happened on the same day Lebsock claimed he is being blackmailed and harassed after a fellow lawmaker and other women accused him of sexual harassment.

Holly Tarry, a former lobbyist who now runs a consulting firm, filed a formal complaint Tuesday against Lebsock.

This follows Democratic Rep. Faith Winter, who filed a formal complaint at the state Capitol on Monday, triggering a confidential investigation.

That was three days after Winter, Tarry and another women publicly accused Lebsock of sexual harassment.

The third woman, Cassie Tanner, said she does not plan on filing an official complaint.

However, she responded to Lebsock saying the event she accused him of did not take place.

"I stand by my story. Rep. Lebsock needs to look into his conscience and come to terms with what he has done, and be held accountable for it," Tanner said.

"How he can go from apologizing for his behavior on Saturday to denying it ever happened on Tuesday is repugnant and reveals his lack of character and sincerity."

Lebsock said he will announce on Nov. 30 if he plans to step down or not.

Lebsock continued to deny the allegations and said outside the State Capitol that he is getting harassing texts and pressure to step down.

Several lawmakers, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and others, have called for him to resign.

After the allegations, Lebsock issued an apology over the weekend, saying in part, "I am writing this in response to the Denver Post story and other stories told to media outlets by three women ... Faith, Holly and Cassie."

"I have come to realize that it does not matter that, at the time, I may have perceived my words as playful. It does not matter that, at the time, I may have felt that we were flirting. It does not matter that, at the time, I may have felt what I said was ok. It does not matter that I may not remember the exact words which were hurtful. It does not matter that, at the time, I thought we were joking. The only thing that matters is how I made these three women feel. I am sorry.

The best thing we can do with our lives is to relieve someone's pain. If that is true, and I believe it to be true. Then, the worst thing we can do in our life is cause someone pain. Last night [Friday], I realized the pain I have caused Faith, Holly and Cassie.

I am sorry.

I will make a statement regarding my current position as a State Representative and State Treasurer candidate by November 30, 2017."

On Tuesday, Republicans in the Colorado House of Representatives officially called for an investigation into how Democrats, specifically House Speaker Crisanta Duran, handled the allegations surrounding Lebsock.