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Records: New Mexico governor settles harassment allegation

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New campaign finance filings show that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's political committee has paid $62,500 to settle allegations by a former campaign employee that he was sexually harassed by the governor. Lujan Grisham's re-election campaign spokesman Jared Leopold on Tuesday confirmed the settlement involving payments to a law firm representing James Hallinan. Hallinan worked as a spokesman for Lujan Grisham's 2018 campaign for governor and accused Lujan Grisham of dropping water on his crotch and then grabbing his crotch during a meeting of campaign staff. Leopold says the settlement resolves "dubious and disputed" potential claims by Hallinan to avoid the distraction and cost of litigation.