AG Rutledge says harassment complaint against legislator 'cannot be released'

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General, talks to reporters at Trump Tower, November 17, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas's top attorney says a document related to a harassment complaint involving a lawmaker within the past nine years doesn't have to be released to the public since it's considered an employee evaluation record.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge says in an advisory opinion released Friday night that a witness statement connected to the harassment investigation is exempt from release since it didn't result in anyone's suspension or termination.

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam sought the AG's opinion in response to an open records request by The Associated Press for any records related to sexual harassment or misconduct complaints made against legislators since 2008.

Gillam declined Monday to release more details about the allegation, including the nature of the complaint and when it was made.

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