Mayoral candidate Whipple responds to harassment accusations

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita mayoral candidate Brandon Whipple is issuing is first response to a YouTube video accusing him of sexually harassing interns. 

The video titled "Protect Wichita Girls and Stop Brandon Whipple" was posted Wednesday. It shows anonymous women talk about allegedly being sexually harassed by state lawmakers, including Rep. Whipple. 

"He just came up looked at me and said 'hey, do your panties match your outfit?' and then walked on by."
"Why would he say that?"
"But then I was like, 'stay strong. I really need this internship.'"
"It's a good opportunity."
"I had never been sexually harassed before. I had no idea."

Whipple says those quotes from the video are from a Kansas City Star article, filed in January of 2018. The intern is quoted as saying it was a Republican Senator who harassed her. Whipple is a Democratic Representative. 

Whipple calls the accusations salacious and false. He says the video comes from his opponent's investors who filed an LLC in New Mexico and that the video is an effort to cover their tracks. 

"They are disgusting," Whipple said of the accusations. "They are not true and what this video contains is lies and smears."

Mayor Jeff Longwell has not returned a phone call seeking comment. 

Whipple says he is pursuing legal options and has hired a New Mexico attorney. We also checked with Topeka police, who said there were no reports filed against Whipple. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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