Former member of the Greens Peter Pilz addresses a news conference in Vienna, Austria July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo
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The fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal spread to Austria on Saturday as one of the country's best-known politicians said he would give up his seat in parliament over an allegation of sexual assault.Weekly newspaper Falter reported on Saturday that Pilz had repeatedly groped a female employee of the centre-right European People's Party during a conference in the Alps four years ago.Pilz -- one of the more colourful figures in Austrian politics, a straight talker fond of singing rock songs like "Wild Thing" at party events -- said he could not remember what happened.Pilz said he would support his party's work in parliament "from the outside", though he did not say specifically that he was stepping down as party leader.A spokeswoman for Pilz was not immediately available for comment.
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