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A woman staffer said he requested she remove her brassiere.
Another said she was emailed material about breast augmentation.
The Kochs argued that Niskanen’s shares should first be offered to the board of the Institute, and then to the remaining shareholders. It's detrimental to Cato, it's detrimental to Koch Industries, it's detrimental to the libertarian movement." In June 2012, Cato announced an agreement in principle to settle the dispute by changing the institute's governing structure. Crane refused to comment about any alleged involvement in the settlement of a 2012 Cato lawsuit over sexual harassment of its Director of External Affairs.
Crane contended that Niskanen's share belonged to his widow, Kathryn Washburn, and that the move by the Kochs was an attempt to turn Cato into "some sort of auxiliary for the G. Under the agreement, a board replaced the shareholders and Crane, who at the time was also Chief Executive Officer, retired. He denied allegations regarding incidents recounted by other women, or alternatively claimed he couldn’t recall them, citing a stroke that he had suffered.