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GOP Congressman Pledges to Repay Public Funds Used to Settle Claim

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    GOP Congressman Pledges to Repay Public Funds Used to Settle Claim
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    In this March 19, 2013, file photo, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX 27th District) is promising to pay back taxpayer money used to settle a sexual harassment claim brought by his former spokeswoman.

    The four-term congressman told KRIS-TV in Corpus Christi he "didn't do anything wrong" but didn't "want the taxpayers to be on the hook for this."

    Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Farenthold, alleged in a 2014 federal lawsuit that she was sexually harassed and fired soon after complaining of a hostile work environment.

    Politico first reported Friday that Farenthold used $84,000 in taxpayer funds from the House Office of Compliance to settle the claim.

    Farenthold said he's taking out a personal loan to cover the settlement's costs and promised to "hand a check" this week to House Speaker Paul Ryan "or somebody."