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Ohio Justice O'Neill posts Sunday apology to Facebook

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Early Sunday morning Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill posted to Facebook that he planned to go to church “to get right with God. But first I have to get right with my family, my friends, and the thousands of strangers who have been hurt by my insensitive remarks.”

O’Neill apologized for the post to his daughters and sisters by name and for “damaging the very real debate on sexual harassment.”

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This is the public Facebook post of Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill, posted Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, via Facebook.com.

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O’Neill removed the original post. He is a Democratic candidate for governor.


 

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill's Facebook posts. (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate William O'Neill says he apologizes if his Facebook post discussing his sexual history with women has offended anyone, particularly "the wonderful women in my life."

O'Neill's latest post on Saturday afternoon comes a day after he deleted the original post. He tells The Associated Press he removed it after a commenter on his Facebook page criticized him for being insensitive for including details that could identify some of the women.

O'Neill continues to defend Democratic Sen. Al Franken in his latest post, saying that comparing an allegation of groping made against Franken by a woman during a USO tour in 2006 to allegations that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago "trivializes the serious subject at hand."

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12:24 p.m.

An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate says he deleted a Facebook post outlining his sexual history after being criticized in part for potentially identifying some of the women.

Justice William O'Neill tells The Associated Press on Saturday he agreed with a commenter who said he was being "insensitive."

He initially edited the post Friday to remove details about the women before deleting it altogether. He tells people to "lighten up" in a new post.

The initial post caused a furor, leading to condemnation by members of both parties and the court's chief justice.

O'Neill's post said he was speaking out while "the dogs of war" were calling for Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign after groping accusations.

Social media commenters say he was trivializing sexual assault.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a sexually detailed Facebook post by Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Another candidate for Ohio governor is calling on state Supreme Court Justice and gubernatorial contender William O'Neill to resign over a Facebook post in which he volunteered candid details of his sexual past.

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich, a fellow Democrat, condemned O'Neill Friday for "joking and trivializing sexual assault." She also plans to give O'Neill's past campaign donations to organizations helping women.

O'Neill says the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations and his belief that the story line was taking accounts of people's "sexual indiscretions" too far.

Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper also commented on the quickly escalating controversy, calling it "just a terrible post" that dehumanized women and trivialized an important national conversation about rape culture and sexual assault.

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2:45 p.m.

The campaign spokesman for Ohio State Supreme Court Justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate William O'Neill has resigned over a Facebook post in which his boss wrote about his sexual past.

Christopher Clevenger says on Twitter that, as a victim of sexual assault, he "cannot in good faith" remain a part of O'Neill's campaign team. He called the post "disturbing and misguided" and said he had no prior knowledge O'Neill was making it.

Clevenger's decision came as criticism mounted over O'Neill's Friday posting. It said he'd been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females," then detailed two specific encounters.

O'Neill says the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations and a belief that the story line had gone too far.

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2:25 p.m.OBJECT

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Several leading Ohio women are condemning a state Supreme Court justice and gubernatorial candidate for writing a Facebook post that containing candid details of his sexual past with "approximately 50" women.

Former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, a leading Democrat in the governor's race, called for Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill to resign immediately, saying he was trivializing sexual harassment and assault.

Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, also a candidate for governor, says his "crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best."

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the first woman to hold that position, also condemned the post.

O'Neill says the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations. He said he revealed details about himself because he suspects, as a governor candidate, he'll soon also be a media target.

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1:15 p.m.

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The screen grab is from the public Facebook profile of William O'Neill, a state Supreme Court Justice and candidate for Ohio Governor.

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A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor has volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying he was trying to de-legitimize the national "media frenzy" over politicians' sexual indiscretions.

Democrat William O'Neill posted Friday that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females." He says the women included "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland.

O'Neill told The Associated Press that the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations.

After posting the message Friday, he edited it to remove some identifying information about the women.

O'Neill said the misconduct story has gone too far.


 

COLUMBUS — A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor has volunteered explicit details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying he was trying to de-legitimize the national “media frenzy” over politicians’ sexual indiscretions.

Democrat William O'Neill posted Friday that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females." He says the women included "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland.

O'Neill told The Associated Press that the post grew out of frustration over Democrats’ calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations.

After posting the message Friday, he edited it to remove some identifying information about the women.

O'Neill said the misconduct story has gone too far.



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