AG Kane’s Chief of Staff Accused of Sexual Harassment
Michele Kluk, 34-year-old Deputy Attorney General under AG Kathleen Kane, claims she was sexually harassed by Kane’s acting Chief of Staff, Jonathan Duecker, according to Brad Bumsted of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Kluk claims the confrontation happened at a bar in Hazleton and that Duecker was inebriated at the time.
Chuck Ardo, Kane’s spokeswoman, said that Kane “thinks this is all part of the effort to undermine her. We’ve been saying all along there’s an internal struggle” between old-guard employees and Kane, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ardo also said, as per the Inquirer, that a text message from Kluk suggests she’s being used by people who want Duecker out.
Despite Ardo’s claim, Kluk maintains that “no one is using me to go after him.”
According to the report, Kluk did not consult the Department of Professional Responsibility regarding the matter, however, she did consult her supervisor, Larry Cherba.
Ardo says that he is unsure if AG Kane was aware of the alleged incident or not.
“I don’t know whether she did or didn’t know,” Kluk said.
Update: Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy of the Inquirer are now reporting that Kane knew of the complaint before hiring Duecker. Her aides advised her that the allegations had been reviewed and no further action warranted.