Oregon congressman faces sex allegation

Posted July 24, 2011, at 9:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON — Rep. David Wu spoke with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Saturday about his future after reports in his hometown newspaper that a young woman called the congressman’s office this spring complaining of what was described as an “unwanted sexual encounter.”

The woman, whom the Portland Oregonian did not name, reportedly left a distraught voice mail accusing Wu, D-Ore., of aggressive sexual behavior.

The Oregonian, citing anonymous sources in the congressman’s office, said Wu has acknowledged a sexual encounter with the woman but said that it was consensual. The congressman separated from his wife in 2009 and has been seeking a divorce.

There were conflicting reports Saturday about how Pelosi responded to these latest allegations of misbehavior.

In a statement late Friday, Wu did not directly address his actions in the matter.

“This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family,” Wu said.

The news comes on the heels of a series of revelations that already threatened the Portland-area congressman’s political career.

Wu was accused of erratic behavior toward the end of his successful 2010 reelection campaign. Staffers urged Wu to check in to a psychiatric hospital because of his behavior. He later cited the stresses of the campaign for his actions and said he successfully sought treatment for his problems.

The alleged sexual encounter occurred Thanksgiving weekend, a few weeks after the 2010 election. The woman did not contact the police at the time, and her family has declined to comment. A lawyer for the family did not respond to an inquiry from The Post.

None of his Democratic colleagues have publicly called for Wu’s resignation, but a newspaper outside Wu’s northwest Oregon district, the Eugene Register-Guard, has called on him to resign because of a lack of candor about his problems.

A source close to the situation said Wu is going to take the coming days to evaluate his options, which include resignation, not seeking reelection or fighting back.

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