Speaker John Diehl Hides in His Office for Nine Hours, Then Denies He Had Sex With Intern

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The door. - COURTESY JASON ROSENBAUM, ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
  • Courtesy Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio
  • The door.

Update: On Thursday, May 14, Diehl resigned. Read his statement here.

Reporters stood by for hours outside Republican House Speaker John Diehl's office yesterday, waiting for the embattled St. Louis-area lawmaker to emerge and answer questions unscripted about his reported affair with a college intern. Diehl responded with a statement yesterday afternoon to a Kansas City Star article revealing the sexts the two exchanged.

"I take full responsibility for my actions and am truly sorry to those I let down. I apologize for the poor judgment I displayed that put me and those closest to me in this situation," he said in the statement.

That wasn't good enough for some capitol reporters, who camped outside the speaker's door for nine hours, hoping for more. Finally, around 11 p.m., Diehl emerged.

The stakeout. - COURTESY JASON ROSENBAUM, ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO
  • Courtesy Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio
  • The stakeout.

Here's what those patient reporters sent from the scene. We'll update as we learn more, but it appears Diehl is denying ever having sex with the unnamed intern:

Here's video of the whole, cringey encounter, where Diehl repeats that his original statement "speaks for itself," and tries to go back in his office before a reporter shouts "We're not going anywhere." Diehl then bolts for the parking garage, on the way answering "no" to the question, "Did you have sexual relations with the intern?"

So, just to clarify the Town and Country Republican's official word on the matter: He did not have sex with that woman. He just wanted to leave her quivering.

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