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Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against U.S. Senate candidate

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A Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate is under fire, facing allegations of sexual harassment.

The allegations were made in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday against August Wolf.

The Stamford businessman is trying to force a Republican primary but the accusations are just the latest hurdle his campaign faces.

Right now he needs more than 8,000 Connecticut republicans to sign a petition by next week, just to force a primary.

But now the candidate has what could also be a very heavy weight on his shoulders, as the sexual harassment lawsuit is seeking nearly $3 million in damages.

The lawsuit was filed by a former Wolf staffer, who joined the campaign in March.

In the complaint, Samantha Menh’s attorney alleges Wolf created a hostile work place, alleging “Wolf repeatedly called plaintiff babe and she invariably reminded him that her name was Samantha."

Menh’s attorney said the harassment didn’t end there.

The lawsuit said “Wolf asked plaintiff if she ‘has ever been sexually satisfied by a real man’.”

The lawyer also claims Wolf, who is in his 50s, refused to keep his hands off Menh, who is nearly 30 years younger, writing “Wolf constantly was touching the plaintiff, which she felt was creepy, and she continuously told him, ‘don't touch me’.”

The Republican Party recently endorsed Bethel State Rep. Dan Carter over Wolf, but he is trying to gather enough signatures to force a republican primary.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wolf said the accusations in the lawsuit are completely false and in a statement he said “I was shocked and appalled by the outrageous claims made in this lawsuit. I did not and would never engage in this type of behavior... They are an obvious attempt by a former contractor to extort money at a critical time in the campaign, which she did over the last five days. I'm not going to tolerate it. I am going to defend this vigorously."

He also claims the lawyer who filed the suit is a democratic operative, but Kristin Peters-Hamlin said that isn’t true and that she was once appointed as an assistant attorney general by a republican.

To read the lawsuit, click here.

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