According to the father of the female staffer, Kang subjected her to sexual harassment over a period of four to five years. Over this period, Kang subjected her `unwelcome hugs’ and even tried to hold her hand during car rides.
The father of the young staffer further alleges that once Kang brought her to a hotel room in Ottawa, offered her wine and then pulled her jacket so that she takes it off.
Kang also allegedly offered her $100,000 to buy her silence, according to the woman’s father.
The female staffer formally filed complaint against Kang in June with the chief whip of the ruling Liberal Party.
Attempts were made to solve the matter through mediation. But when such attempts failed, an external investigations was ordered.
Reports quoted her father as saying that “she’s very, very upset… and she cannot sleep at night.”
In a statement on Tuesday, Kang said he was innocent and would defend his reputation at all costs.
“While I cannot comment directly on an open, ongoing investigation, I continue to proclaim my innocence and will defend my reputation at all costs,” Kang said in his statement.
The Indo-Canadian MP said, “For the past decade I have dedicated my life to public office. Since the allegations of sexual harassment were levelled against me, I have been under a tremendous amount of stress and subsequently, I was placed on medical leave.”
The opposition New Democratic Party urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to boot out Kang.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he won’t comment until the investigation into the allegations is complete.
“I can assure people that our whip’s office and the human resources of the Parliament of Canada are engaged, as they must be, in this process. I have no further comment to make at this time on the independent process that is being undergone,’’ the Prime Minister said.
A successful real estate agent and then an Alberta MLA, Kang was elected as an MP from Calgary in the last Canadian general election in 2015.
There are over 20 Indian-origin MPs in the 338-member House of Commons.