Governor's staffer resigns amidst sexual harassment claims

Governor's staffer resigns amidst sexual harassment claims

A staff member for Governor John Bel Edwards has resigned from his role within the administration amidst sexual harassment claims.

According to Richard Carbo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Edwards, Johnny Anderson resigned this week after allegations were brought to the governor's attention.

"We take these allegations very seriously," Carbo said on behalf of Edwards in a statement. "Gov. Edwards has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and it will not be tolerated in this administration."

Anderson was the chief of staff for programs and planning within the governor's office.

This isn't the first time Anderson has been accused of sexual harassment. According to our sister station WAFB, Anderson stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Southern University Board of Supervisors in 2007 for similar allegations.

According to the report, female employees at Southern University of Baton Rouge accused Anderson of harassment and seeking sexual favors for promotions or job security.