Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are so predatory that female staffers are advised not to ride in elevators alone with them, according to accounts compiled by CNN.
The allegations come after dozens of high-powered Hollywood figures like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., and political journalists have been outed as rapists, predators, and perverts who have subjected men and women to sexual assault for decades.
“Multiple women” told CNN that elevators on Capitol Hill are a place where “staff and members prey on women.” One former staffer remembers a senator — who is still in office — stroking the inside of her palm in a suggestive way, when she was introduced to him by her male boss, another senator.
If a part of getting ahead on Capitol Hill is playing ball with whatever douchebag — then whatever,” one female political veteran who worked on Capitol Hill told CNN.
Another female congresswoman told CNN that she has been sexually harassed by her male colleagues “numerous times,” but saw little upside to speaking out.