Woman who accused lawmaker meets with Tennessee governor
By KIMBERLEE KRUESI
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A woman who has accused a Tennessee state lawmaker of sexual misconduct says she has met with Gov. Bill Lee to talk about the Republican.
Christi Rice confirmed in a text message she had met with Lee on Thursday. Rice said the governor was “extremely nice” and interested in what she had to say.
Rice is one of two women who have accused Rep. David Byrd of inappropriately touching them when he was their high school basketball coach three decades ago. Byrd has rebuffed calls for his resignation and has since been appointed to a House education subcommittee – which has sparked victim advocates to criticize Republican House Speaker Glen Casada, who made the appointment.
Lee’s office declined comment, saying the governor’s office does not discuss private meetings.
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