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A US congressman has resigned after being accused of sexual harassment by a female former aide amid a string of sexual assault claims in the country.

Republican Representative Blake Farenthold of Texas resigned Friday from Congress a week after the House ethics committee said it was investigating him over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving the female former staff member.

“While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it’s time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve,” the 56-year-old congressman said in a social media video statement.

Farenthold, who represented Corpus Christi in the US House of Representatives, has denied the accusation, but had said in December that he would not seek re-election.

“I had no idea how to run a congressional office, and as a result, I allowed a workplace culture to take root in my office that was too…

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