Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has hired a lawyer to defend himself in a lawsuit brought against him by two staffers. The New York Daily News reports that Silver's lawyer Bettina Plevan is well known for representing employers in discrimination cases and has even represented Penthouse magazine owner Bob Guccione in a sexual harassment case.

The Daily News reports that two staffers are suing Silver. Vito Lopez, and the Assembly over Silver's admitted mishandling of the Lopez sexual harassment scandals. Plevan's legal services likely won't be cheap and tax payers will be footing the bill. The staffers are accusing Silver of aiding Lopez by failing to discipline the former assemblyman after staffers had complained that Lopez sexual harassed them.

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