A staff member for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has resigned amid an investigation into alleged sexual harassment with the governor’s office, Baton Rouge media reports.
According to WBRZ-TV, Deputy Chief of Staff of Programs and Planning Johnny Anderson resigned Wednesday. Anderson told reporters outside his Baton Rouge home Thursday that any allegations were false and that he stepped down from his position so that he would not be a distraction.
"I think is just appropriate until for me to clear my own name, and it's just fair for the governor to not be clearing my name on his staff. That needs to be done outside of his staff," Anderson told WBRZ.
A statement released by the Edwards’s Office Wednesday noted that the governor’s office had only learned about the allegations Tuesday.
“We take these allegations very seriously. Upon commencement of the investigative process, Johnny Anderson resigned from the Governor’s Office. The investigation will continue, and we are unable to comment any further," the statement read. "Gov. Edwards has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and it will not be tolerated in this administration.”