Governor’s office staffer resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

BATON ROUGE, La— A member of Governor John Bel Edwards’ staff has resigned in the wake of an investigation into alleged sexual harassment.

According to WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge,  the Governor’s “Deputy Chief of Staff of Programs and Planning,” Johnny Anderson, is accused of allegations of sexual harassment — but the details are unknown at this time.

The resignation was first reported in a story by LaPolitics.com.

The report cited sources who said Anderson faces several allegations, and that he resigned abruptly on Wednesday.

Governor Edwards’ Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications, Richard Carbo. released the following statement to WBRZ-TV:

“We take these allegations very seriously. Upon commencement of the investigative process, Johnny Anderson resigned from the Governor’s Office. The investigation will continue, and we are unable to comment any further,” the statement read. “Gov. Edwards has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and it will not be tolerated in this administration.”

WBRZ-TV caught up with Anderson on Thanksgiving Day at his home in Baton Rouge. In an off-camera interview, Anderson told the station that any allegations against him are false and that he stepped down from his position in the Governor’s administration so that he wouldn’t be a distraction.

For more information about Anderson’s role in state government– and allegations that were leveled against him in 2006, watch WBRZ’s report here.