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Report: FHFA head Mel Watt investigated for sexual harassment

An employee of the Federal Housing Finance Agency has accused Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt of frequently making inappropriate sexual approaches when she tried to discuss career and salary concerns, Politico reported.

Watt is being investigated for the sexual harassment claims by the unnamed staffer, who filed an Equal Employment Opportunity complaint. The staffer's lawyer, Diane Seltzer Torre, confirmed the investigation to the news outlet, which also received copies of documents related to the suit.

Watt said in a statement to Politico that he believes the investigation will show he has acted within the law.

The FHFA oversees government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.