By Amy GoodmanThe former CIA director has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, including three who have accused him of inappropriate touching, according to multiple reports.
The Associated Press reports that the allegations against Petraeus are consistent with other allegations against him, including one from a former colleague who said he groped her during a business meeting in 2013.
“He treated me with disdain,” the woman, who requested anonymity to speak freely, told the AP.
“He was like a complete jerk to me, and he would talk about himself and my appearance, and all that kind of stuff.
He was like an obnoxious, annoying guy, and I really felt like I had no choice but to leave.”
The AP report came after The Washington Post published an internal investigation into the conduct of the former CIA chief, which found he had been dismissive and dismissive of several women, while dismissing others with more forceful accusations.
The AP’s report cites an internal email obtained by the paper that says the former general was dismissive of the sexual harassment claims of his former colleague, who alleged he groping her on his private jet.
The AP said the woman said the general made sexual advances toward her while she was a junior employee in his leadership role in 2013, but he dismissed her accusations as “bogus.”
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that it was the first time the department has publicly disclosed that an investigation into its former chief was ongoing.
The investigation, which is ongoing, found that Petraeus’ office failed to adequately investigate numerous claims against him in 2016 and 2017, including those from at least five women.
Petraeus, the former chief of the U.S. Central Command, has denied all the allegations.