Democratic Rep. David Wu (Ore.) is facing allegations that he forced a young woman into an aggressive sexual encounter, which he claimed was consensual.
The Oregonian reported the accuser left a "distraught" voice mail message at the congressman's Portland office in the spring with the allegations. According to sources, she is the daughter of a longtime friend and donor and did not contact police at the time the incident is alleged to have occurred.
According to the Oregonian, Wu admitted to aides that an encounter took place but said it was consensual.
Two people with knowledge of the recording and the later conversation with Wu said the alleged incident took place over Thanksgiving weekend. Sources said they were told that the woman went outside and Wu left after her. The sexual encounter followed, they said.
Wu submitted a one-sentence statement to the Oregonian Friday night after initially not responding to requests for comment:
"This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman or her family."
In February, The Blaze reported that Wu had exhibited erratic, disturbing behavior around the November elections, alarming his staff. After his aides staged an intervention, a photo of Wu posing in a tiger suit was emailed from the congressman's BlackBerry to a female staffer.