Florida Democratic Party Chair Bittel Resigns over Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Florida Democratic Chairman Stephen Bittel

Florida Democratic Party (FDP) Chairman Stephen Bittel resigned on Friday after six women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Bittel is a millionaire real estate developer in Miami. He became chairman of the Florida Democratic Party in January. He is the latest influential man entangled in the sexual harassment/ misconduct scandal that shook both Democratic and Republican parties.

According to Politico, the women alleged that Bittel created a demeaning and unprofessional workplace environment. They felt uncomfortable being alone with him because of his “body language, suggestive comments, and breast-shaped stress squeeze-ball” on his desk. The women also accused him of “leering at young women and even inviting them on his private jet.”

Bittel apologized for his inappropriate actions and comments

In statement posted on Twitter, Bittel announced his decision to step down from his position. He also apologized for his behavior during his tenure as chairman of the Florida Democratic Party.

In a separate statement sent to CNN, Bittel said he was “deeply sorry” for his wrongful actions and comments towards women.