Republican Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Ellis has resigned after reports surfaced earlier this year that he was being investigated for allegedly raping a woman while she was incapacitated in 2015.
“It is with immense gratitude to the sacrifices made by my family, the support of my constituents, and the friendship of my colleagues that I have concluded that it is in the best interests of my family, the residents of the 11th House District, and my own health that I resign from the General Assembly,” Ellis, a Republican from Butler County in Western Pennsylvania, wrote in a brief letter submitted to the Pennsylvania house speaker on Monday.
The resignation comes two months after Republican leaders in the state’s House of Representatives stripped Ellis of his Consumer Affairs Committee chairmanship over allegations he had sex with a woman against her will while she was blacked out, KDKA-TV reports.
According to the Associated Press, the victim, whose work involves the General Assembly, filed a complaint against Ellis to the House last week.
The woman said in the complaint that she woke up in Ellis’s bed naked and in pain in October 2015 after going to a bar with friends. The woman stated that she had fewer than two drinks, but later “was in a state of blackout.”
“I woke up in pain, injured and naked the next morning in the bed of Representative Ellis,” the woman said.
Ellis allegedly told her they had sex, to which she responded she would never have done that.
“He smugly replied, ‘I always knew we would,’” she wrote.
Last week, The Butler Eagle reported that Ellis’s wife of 20 years had recently filed for divorce.