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Tenn. House speaker exiles Durham over 'pattern of conduct'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is taking steps to move the offices and limit the access of state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who is under investigation for sexual harassment.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery wrote in a memorandum to the House speaker that interviews with other lawmakers, lobbyists, staffers and interns revealed a "a pattern of conduct" toward women that made several of them refuse to be alone with the Franklin Republican.

Harwell announced Thursday that she is moving Durham's office across the street from the legislative office complex, and that his access to committee rooms or the House floor will be limited to when meetings are taking place.

Durham has denied any wrongdoing and has announced his is running for re-election this fall despite demands for his resignation from GOP leaders.