Massas Navy Misconduct Revealed
March 10 2010 6:00 PM EST
November 17 2015 5:28 AM EST
Disgraced former congressman Eric Massa, who resigned Monday amid accusations he groped male staffers, had a long history of touching men without their permission, according to The Atlantic.
Editor Joshua Green interviewed numerous people from Massa's Navy past, some of whom said they had heard of or experienced the former New York politician's inappropriate behavior. Massa was "notorious" for making advances toward his subordinates and for initiating "Massa massages," they said.
A man named Stuart Borsch admitted to Green that he was assaulted by Massa: "In 1990, aboard the U.S.S. Jouett, I was awakened when a senior officer, Lt. Commander Massa, seemed to be groping me. (I was a lieutenant at the time.) I believe he may have been drinking. I shouted at him and he left. I mentioned the incident to several other officers. I did not officially report it."
Two other former sailors told Green that Massa tried to unbutton the pants of his Navy roommate, Tom Maxfield, while he slept. The men didn't report Massa for fear of retaliation.
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