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Maryland Lawmaker, Lobbyist Each Claim Video Proves Their Side of Inappropriate Touching Allegation

A Maryland lawmaker and a lobbyist both say video from inside an Annapolis restaurant proves their side of an allegation of inappropriate touching.

State Sen. Cheryl Kagan says the video from Castlebay Irish Pub proves lobbyist Gil Genn inappropriately touched her March 1. Genn says the video proves the opposite.

“He comes over, he puts his hand on my back, he keeps it there for a while, slides it all the way down and does indeed, as I said, graze my butt, my tush,” Kagan said. “I shifted my body a little bit and I gave my former chief of staff a kind of bug-eyed like, ‘Oh dear God, make this stop, make him go away.’”

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She said she got the video Monday night.

Genn released a statement saying the video vindicates him and he did not inappropriately touch Kagan.

Kagan said she's heard from six or seven other women who shared with her their allegations against Genn. News4 has not been contacted by any other accusers and has not independently verified Kagan's claims.

“Gil Genn has been doing this for a very long time,” Kagan said. “He is a serial harasser and groper.”

A lawyer for Genn said Kagan’s allegations are outrageous, actionable and untrue.

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