Updated 08/31/2012 10:45 AM
Brooklyn Assemblyman's Accusers Sought $1.2M, Docs Show
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More details are emerging about a settlement related to sexual harassment allegations against State Assemblyman Vito Lopez.
According to documents released by the state Attorney General's office, female staffers for Lopez were originally seeking $1.2 million in damages before Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver negotiated a $100,000 settlement.
Lopez kicked in $32,000 of his own money as well.
Speaker Silver says the final settlement was confidential and his decision not to release it publicly was wrong.
However, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred who is representing the alleged victims says it's Silver that is wrong.
In a statement Thursday, she said, "The speaker, through his own statements and his spokespeople, has repeatedly implied that the women who brought the claims against Mr. Lopez sought only a settlement for financial gain and that they requested that no investigation occur. That is false... An investigation should be conducted ASAP."
A spokesperson for Silver says the Assembly acted to protect the privacy of the victims.
Lopez, who resigned this week as Brooklyn Democratic party chairman, denies accusations he sexually harassed members of his staff.
He has also been stripped of his leadership role in the assembly, but has resisted calls to resign.
Meantime, Brooklyn District leader Frank Seddio, a close ally of Lopez and likely Brooklyn Democratic party heir, is now saying it's time for the lawmaker to call it quits.
"There have been at least two different times when this has been adjudicated in some form or another and now others are stepping up. It gives me great concern. Women should be comfortable in the workplace," Seddio said.
Joining the long string of politicians calling for Lopez to step down are New York's own senators.
"If the allegations are true, he should resign. There is no place for sexual harassment in elected office or anywhere in our state legislature," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
"The evidence is overwhelming that Vito Lopez has done this more than once. He has no right to be in public office," said Senator Charles Schumer.
While many of the state's most prominent politicians have called for Assemblyman Lopez to resign, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still refusing to take a position.
Speaking to reporters Thursday, the mayor said, "I don't know what part of my message you don't get. It's up to the Albany legislature. You can talk to them...I guess the governor."
The state's ethics commission has called a special meeting for next week.