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OKLAHOMA CITY -  State representative, Dan Kirby, testified Friday before a special house investigative committee looking into allegations of sexual harassment against him brought by two female state employees.

The allegations came to light after reports that the state house had paid $44,500 in a settlement with one of the accusers.

Kirby testified before the committee for three and a half hours.

“We answered questions about Ms. Johnson. We answered questions about Ms. Bishop. We answered questions about the settlement, the secret way the settlement was made,” said Rep. Kirby.

Kirby has always maintained his innocence and says he never sexually harassed anyone and he says he knew nothing about the settlement.

He sat down with us after his testimony today and said he felt that it was a fair and open committee and that they treated him professionally.

“There wasn’t any antagonism on the part of the committee, that they asked fair and important questions. I felt like they wanted to get to the truth and they were allowing me the opportunity to give my side of the story," said Kirby.

Kirby says he feels confident that he was able to refute any statements made by his accusers.

“Based on the evidence that we brought with us today, refuted those statements and we felt like we had a really strong case supported by evidence,” said Rep. Kirby.

The committee is now tasked with making recommendations to the House.

Those recommendations could range anywhere from no punishment to expulsion from the House.

“Since Representative Kirby decided to come and present before the committee, which we’re extremely glad he came. It’s now our responsibility to sit down, compile the evidence, talk through some of the issues, come up with our findings. And then make those findings and recommendations public,” said committee chairman, Rep. Josh Cockroft.

Cockroft says they hope to have their findings before session starts on Feb. 6.

Expulsion from the house would require a two thirds majority vote in the House.

That has never happened in our state before.

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