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STORY BY NICK NIEDZWIADEK

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Published on March 20, 2021 2:43 AM

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Rep. Tom Reed speaks to the media Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP
An Army second lieutenant has accused Rep. Tom Reed of sexually harassing her in 2017 when she was working as an insurance lobbyist, the Washington Post reported Friday.

Nicolette Davis said that the Republican congressman drunkenly came onto her in an Irish pub, and she alleged that he placed his hand on her thigh and unhooked her bra strap. A person seated nearby helped escort Reed out of the Minneapolis restaurant after she sought help separating herself from the New York congressman.

The two were in town as part of a weekend excursion to benefit former Rep. Erik Paulsen's campaign, and she said she had only briefly met the congressman earlier in the trip.

Reed, who reportedly declined to be interviewed for the story, has denied the allegation.

"This account of my actions is not accurate," Reed said in a statement to the Washington Post. Reed referred reporters in the Capitol Friday to his prior statement.

According to the Post, Davis reached out via the newspaper's tipline in mid-February and prior to Reed telling Fox News that he is mulling a run for governor. She said she was inspired to come forward as she takes on a leadership role in the Army.

"I need to always act in good conscience and set the right example for the soldiers I will lead, including younger females," she told the Post. "I hope it will allow people who have endured similar experiences to feel confident enough to say something."

The article states that Davis' account of Reed's conduct that night was backed up by another person at the table and quotes coworkers Davis spoke to during and shortly after the alleged incident.