Harness Racing Hall of Famer Alan Leavitt has been removed from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission over allegations of sexual harassment, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. The 85-year-old was removed by executive order from Governor Andy Beshear on July 16.
Amy Kabbaj, Bashir’s general counsel, told Herald Leader: “There is a standard for behavior and his actions clearly violate those standards and warrant removal.”
Cubbage cited “unwelcome and unacceptable statements and behavior” by Leavitt towards an employee of the Commission.
Benjamin Long, general counsel for the state’s Cabinet of Public Protection, sent Levitt “at least” three emails instructing him to cease communications with the employee, and directing him to watch a sexual harassment training video. Committee Chairman Jonathan Rabinowitz also called Levitt and asked him to stop contacting the employee. Leavitt did not complete training, and claimed ignorance of contact directions when speaking to the employee in person.
Leavitt shared his emails to the commission officer with Herald Leaderand claims that the allegations of harassment stem from “my position against the measures taken by the Commission to regulate the New Knights.”
“I also objected to my stepping down as Chairman of the Father’s Quota Advisory Committee. These are the real reasons why you are making these bogus fees. If you want to proceed with this harassment, I suggest we all sit down with Governor Bashir and let him hear about all this.”
Levitt said he’s “happy to drop this whole thing here and now if I am, but I don’t take any course in avoiding sexual harassment. As a graduate of Andover and Harvard, I’m well aware of what it is, and would go against every moral principle I learned there if I were to participate in a vile thing.”
Leavitt is president of the Kentucky Standardbred Breeders Association and Walnut Hall Ltd.
Read more in Lexington Herald Leader.
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