Ex-SC lawmaker accused of fondling women

Source: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/
Source: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/

COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WMBF) - Two women who worked for former state Sen. Dick Elliott say he fondled them at his North Myrtle Beach realty office.

The women say in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the 78-year-old Democrat are represented by Attorney Lionel Lofton. His clients say in March of this year former Senator Dick Elliott was at his real estate office in North Myrtle Beach when he called one of the employees into his office and grabbed her breasts, also making sexual remarks about her body.

The second alleged assault involved a different employee in the office in April; court documents allege Elliott made comments about that woman's breasts, then the next day, reached out his arms as if he was going to hug her, but instead grabbed her breasts.

"All of this was unprovoked on their part. There's no indication and I can tell you there wasn't any leading on and anything of that nature, that actions were totally unprovoked by them and totally inappropriate," the attorney said.

After both incidents court documents say the women pulled away and reported the action to superiors. Elliott's son, according to the documents, apologized on behalf of the company and explained that his father's inappropriate behavior was due to illness.

Elliott served 30 years in the state House and Senate before retiring last year. He represented parts of coastal Horry County and the Pee Dee. He also previously served on North Myrtle Beach City Council and Horry County Council.

Gov. Nikki Haley awarded Elliott the Order of the Palmetto on the last day of the legislative session last year.

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