ST. LOUIS — Missouri State Sen. Steven Roberts settled a civil lawsuit with a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her for $100,000.
Amy Harms told 5 On Your Side she released the confidential settlement after Roberts released the terms of a confidential settlement agreement he reached with another accuser who died just weeks ago, and days after announcing he is going to run against U.S. Rep. Cori Bush in the August primary.
In response to the Harms' social media posts, Roberts’ campaign issued a statement:
“Steve Roberts, as well as the entire Roberts family, did not pay (the alleged victim) a dime. In a separate civil matter, against the wishes of Mr. Roberts, an insurance company reached a settlement agreement, which (the alleged victim) has now violated.”
Harms, who at the time was a Saint Louis University law student, accused Roberts of sexually assaulting her at a bar in downtown St. Louis in 2015 while he was an assistant circuit attorney.
He was arrested but never criminally charged in the case.
Then-Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce fired Roberts, issuing a statement saying his termination was due to "performance issues." In an interview this week with 5 On Your Side, Roberts said he was asked to resign because he had started raising money to run against Joyce's pick to succeed her.
Harms sued Roberts in 2017 and they settled two years later.
On Wednesday, she tweeted: “Here's what I do know: @RobertsforSTL is guilty and he feels no remorse for what he did. He's done it before. He would do it again. Please keep this in mind when in his presence, not that you would ever be at fault if he were to harm you. Nobody could ever deserve this.”