SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico state lawmaker who was defeated in a primary after a lobbyist accused him of sexual harassment has dropped a defamation lawsuit against his accuser.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports former state Rep. Carl Trujillo announced Tuesday on Facebook that he decided to drop the lawsuit because it was exposing him and his family to “financial and emotional damage.”
Trujillo says he received “implicit and explicit threats” in response to his defamation lawsuit. However, he didn’t give examples of any threats.
Trujillo lost his state House seat to Andrea Romero, D-Santa Fe, in the Democratic primary last year.
A legislative investigative subcommittee in July 2018 found probable cause for two of his accuser’s accusations.
The case was dropped after the accuser declined to testify under oath.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com