Youngstown council reviews harassment allegations against DeMaine Kitchen


City council members met behind closed doors to discuss recent allegations by one of their employees that she was sexually harassed on and off since January 2011 by DeMaine Kitchen.

Kitchen, the mayor’s chief of staff/secretary and an independent candidate for mayor, strongly denies the charges and contends they are “politically motivated.”

The seven council members spent 30 minutes in executive session Wednesday with Council President Jamael Tito Brown, Mayor Charles Sammarone and Law Director Anthony Farris.

While some council members acknowledged the private meeting was about the claims made by Lyndsey Hughes, the city’s downtown director of events, special projects and marketing, who reports directly to council, they all declined to comment about what was discussed at the meeting.

Wednesday was the first time the lawmakers met since receiving a letter five days ago from one of three Cleveland attorneys representing Hughes.

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