AG’s Office lawyer resigns after calling #MeToo victim claims ‘pathetic’

Attorney General's Office (KXAN Photo)
Attorney General's Office (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An associate deputy attorney general resigned Thursday after he called claims made by women in the #MeToo movement “pathetic” in a Facebook post early Wednesday morning.

Andrew D. Leonie, one of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s top lawyers, stepped down a day after making the post, referencing the nationwide movement of victims sharing their stories of sexual harassment.

“The views he expressed on social media do not reflect our values,” a statement from the Office of the Attorney General said. “The OAG is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace that is free from discrimination and harassment.”

The Dallas Morning News reported the 2:40 a.m. Facebook post, which has since been taken down, said, “Aren’t you also tired of all the pathetic ‘me too’ victim claims? If every woman is a ‘victim’, so is every man. If everyone is a victim, no one is. Victim means nothing anymore.”

Leonie has worked in his current position since February 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile, but has worked for the Office of the Attorney General since 2004.

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