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With roughly a week to go before Indianapolis voters cast their ballots for Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett is on the receiving end of a lawsuit alleging sexual battery and harassment.

According to, the plaintiff, long-time Central Indiana perennial candidate Bobby Kern, filed the civil rights suit in federal court alleging that Hogsett, when he was Secretary of State, sexually assaulted him a motel.

From Indy Politics:

In his complaint, Kern says he met Hogsett at several political events in late 1989 and early 1990 and at the time Hosgett promised to introduce to several prominent Democrats.

Kern’s complaint says Hogsett took him to a hotel, under the guise of meeting other Democrats, but instead held him down and sexually assaulted him.

Kern also alleges that when he tried to file a complaint about the incident he was threatened with retaliation by Hogsett and then Indiana Governor Evan Bayh.

The complaint asks for $1 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages.

Much like Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the allegations against Mayor Hogsett a week before an election doesn’t pass the Hammer and Nigel smell test. Come to think of it, WIBC’s Jason Hammer doesn’t pass the smell test either, but that’s a different smell test altogether.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Mayor’s office has yet to issue a statement on the lawsuit against Hogsett.

A copy of the complaint can be found here.

Hammer and Nigel Pro Tip: Page 5 is quite salty.

According to the complaint, Mr. Kern and Mayor Hogsett, who was then the Indiana Secretary of State, met at a now-defunct gay nightclub called “The Unicorn.” WIBC’s Nigel and Rob Kendall read a few Yelp reviews for the Unicorn on today’s show.