U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Kurt W. Stein, Director of Marine and Family Programs, Nov. 2017

U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Ricardo R. Davila

Marine general called unit sexual harassment allegations “Fake News”

April 11, 2018 - 11:11 am

A general was suspended Tuesday after he called allegations of sexual harassment in his unit “Fake News.”

USA TODAY is reporting that Brig. Gen. Kurt Stein, director of Marine and Family Programs, was suspended after he made the comments April 6 in front of an audience of hundreds of civilian employees and Marines at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va.

Stein’s office is in charge of overseeing sexual assault prevention and response in the Marine Corps, according to USA TODAY.

"We expect every Marine, uniformed and civilian — and particularly those in leadership positions — to take allegations of misconduct seriously and to promote positive command climates," said Lt. Col. Chris Devine, a Marine spokesman, to USA TODAY.

Stein’s statements were referring to reporting by USA TODAY from February of allegations made by two civilian employees about a Marine officer who had made several sexual overtures to them and according to the article, their complaints went ignored.

The Marine Corps Commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, ordered a new investigation into the complaints last month. Neller was also the one who suspended Stein after his recent comments.

He is on administrative leave until an investigation into the incident by the Marine Corps is completed.