Oklahoma lawmaker accused of harassment submits resignation

State Rep. Dan Kirby, accused of sexually harassing two former legislative assistants, arrives to testify before a special House committee that is investigating sexual harassment accusations against him at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 27 2017. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who admitted asking a legislative aide to send him topless photos and accompany him to a strip club has announced his resignation, two days after a special House committee recommended he be expelled from office.

Republican Rep. Dan Kirby of Tulsa submitted a two sentence letter Saturday to House Speaker Charles McCall saying his resignation is irrevocable and takes effect March 1. A spokesman for McCall says the speaker received the letter and forwarded it to the governor.

Kirby didn’t return a phone call seeking comment, but issued a statement saying he can’t continue fighting “unfounded accusations.”

Kirby has said the relationship with the assistant was consensual.

Kirby denied harassing a former aide whose wrongful termination claim led to a $44,500 payment to her and her attorneys.

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