BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg says he supports an independent investigation into allegations that his husband, Bryon Hefner, sexually assaulted and harassed several men, including some with business before the Legislature.

In a statement Thursday night, Rosenberg, a Democrat from Amherst, also said he'd recuse himself from any matters related to the investigation and the allegations made in a report by The Boston Globe.

Rosenberg says Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, the number two Democrat in the Senate, and Republican Leader Bruce Tarr will determine the "appropriate process" for the investigation.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker also has called for an immediate investigation.
Three of the men who spoke anonymously to the Globe say Hefner grabbed their genitals and one says Hefner kissed him against his will. The Globe says it found no evidence Rosenberg knew about the alleged assaults.

Rosenberg said earlier Thursday he hadn't previously been aware of the allegations.

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