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Councilman Turner, attorneys speak up

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On Monday night, an outside investigator hired by the city told council she believes there's sufficient evidence to conclude Turner likely sexually harassed a city employee. Furthermore, she said three other city staffers said he had made inappropriate comments to them. 

Turner didn't address the allegations that night, just said he would respond later. On Tuesday he spoke with WBTV, flanked by his lawyers. But he didn't say much more. "Well, it hurts when someone's smeared your name and lied on you and you don't know why," said Turner. Turner did not address the investigator's finding that he wasn't a credible witness, nor did WBTV press him on that.

Valecia McDowell with the law firm Moore and Van Allen said Turner told her he resigned from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department when he was a cadet in the late 80s. However, McDowell says personnel records show he was fired. Turner's lawyer, Norman Butler, said the investigator's report is full of accusations that aren't backed up by proof. "Not only he-said/she-said, but some of the allegations you don't know what she-said," says Butler. Turner's lawyers say he'll respond to each allegation next week.