INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Dozens gathered in front of the statehouse Saturday afternoon in support of four women who say Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched them. He’s denied all wrong-doing and said he will not resign. Some activists at the rally however called for him to step down.
The rally was called “March to Support Victims of Curtis Hill.” Four different women accused Hill of touching them inappropriately as lawmakers and staff celebrated the end of the legislative session at an Indianapolis bar on March 15. One of the women, State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-12th District), stepped forward Friday and detailed her interaction with Hill in an op-ed that appeared in the Times of Northwest Indiana.
“They are my heroes. My reaction is that they are so brave. This is not an easy thing to do,” said Lael Hill, representative of the Indiana Coalition for Crime Victims’ Rights.
Lael Hill spoke at the rally because she said it’s important to show these women they believe them. Hill has pushed back calling these allegations vicious and false. He said he didn’t grab or touch anyone inappropriately. The state inspector general has opened an investigation into the case.
“The seriousness of these allegations is important enough for everyone to come out and take a real look at the allegations,” said Chris Austin, Indianapolis resident.
Austin was one of several men at the rally. He strongly believed this is an issue everyone should care about. Most activists supported a thorough and fair investigation and applauded these women for speaking out.
” I think it would be better for Indiana if he resigned now but I can also appreciate if he’s denying he did anything wrong, we should have due process ,” said Jennifer Dunlap, Indianapolis resident.
At the end of the rally, organizers encouraged the crowd to call Hill’s office to urge him to resign. Hill said he demanded an independent investigation by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office issued this statement:
“We only became aware by way of media reports that the Inspector General has initiated an investigation and that Attorney General Hill has demanded an ‘independent investigation’ by our office. We will review this new information to determine the appropriate next step.”