NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Latest on a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago (all times local):
A Tennessee lawmaker is questioning the motives of three women who accused him of sexual misconduct as their high school basketball coach decades ago, but he isn't outright denying the accusations.
In a statement Wednesday, Republican state Rep. David Byrd said conduct over 30 years ago is difficult, at best, to recall. He said he doesn't believe the women can show they reported the alleged incidents to authorities or received subsequent mental health counseling. He also said if his acts or omissions cause them distress, he's truly sorry.
He said he's a man of integrity, faith in God and family and can continue to be a trustworthy state representative. He said he's done nothing wrong or inappropriate while a lawmaker.
Byrd said he's disappointed in House Speaker Beth Harwell's call for his resignation, but said he understands her "political posture."
The speaker of Tennessee's Senate has joined the call for a lawmaker to resign after three women accused him of sexual misconduct as their high school basketball coach decades ago.
Speaker Randy McNally called for Republican Rep. David Byrd to step down Wednesday. House Speaker Beth Harwell has also asked for his resignation.
In a WSMV-TV report Tuesday, two women alleged Byrd inappropriately touched them. The third said Byrd tried to.
One woman said she recorded a call to Byrd last month. In the call aired on WSMV-TV, Byrd apologized but didn't detail his actions, and denied anything happened with other students.
A spokesman says Byrd plans to fight most allegations and has no intention of resigning.