Teenager accuses Rep. Wu of 'unwanted sexual encounter'
An unidentified young woman who graduated from high school in 2010 has accused Oregon Representative David Wu of making unwanted and aggressive sexual advances toward her last Thanksgiving.
Wu, who is in the process of getting a divorce, was the subject of news stories just prior to the election detailing his bizarre and aberrant behavior. Now it appears that his behavior went beyond bizarre and was actually illegal:
One person who heard the voice mail described the woman as upset, breathing heavily and "distraught."
In the voice mail, the young woman accused Wu of aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior, according to sources with direct knowledge of the message and its contents.
Reporters could not verify the young woman's age. Notes on Facebook over the past 18 months indicate she graduated from high school in 2010. California records show she registered to vote in August.
Wu, 56, did not respond to repeated questions from The Oregonian over the past four days.
Late Friday, Wu issued a one-sentence response: "This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family."
Sources familiar with the voice mail said it was clear that the woman was the daughter of a high school friend of Wu's in Orange County. The Oregonian does not use the names of victims of sexual assault without their permission. In this case, the newspaper is withholding some details about the family that might identify them given the allegations.
This is a man who claims he is getting help for his mental health problems. Perhaps it's time that Democrats hold an intervention and convince the Congressman to address his illness and leave the House.