Deputy Slutsky calls allegations of harassment “nonsense”
According to him, the reports by Dozhd TV channel about three journalists of the parliamentary pool complaining on harassment on his part are a provocation.
Head of State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs and Liberal Democratic Party deputy Leonid Slutsky calls Dozhd TV channel’s allegations of harassment against female journalists from the parliamentary pool nonsense, RBC reports. Previously, three girls anonymously told the channel about harassment on his part.
Slutsky accused Dozhd of provocation. He noted that this is ‘common practice’ for the channel.
Three journalists exposed Slutsky’s inappropriate behavior to Dozhd. A producer of one of the TV channels said that when she asked the deputy to appear on TV, he said would come to the studio only if the girl had dinner with him. In the studio, he tried to kiss her on the lips and touch her buttocks. Another journalist said that the deputy pestered her in his office, where she came to ask questions about international politics. After that, the journalist avoided any communication with the deputy. Another girl interviewed by the TV channel said she did not publicize Slutsky's harassment for fear of losing her job in the State Duma.
After the reports on the allegations against Slutsky, State Duma Vice-Speaker Igor Lebedev proposed to deprive the Dozhd journalists of accreditation, Meduza reports. Lebedev, who heads the Duma faction of the Liberal Democratic Party, called charges against Slutsky “violation of ethics and criminal law.” He failed to name the journalists subject to accreditation termination.
Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky said that he had heard nothing about Leonid Slutsky’s behavior. He promised to talk with the deputy, noting he does not consider such behavior normal.