WARSAW, Poland – A party in Poland's governing coalition on Thursday expelled a lawmaker who has been implicated in a sex scandal.
Andrzej Lepper, leader of the Self-Defense party, expelled lawmaker Stanislaw Lyzwinski from the party, but said he expects him defend himself and prove his innocence, in which case he would be welcome to rejoin the party.
The sex-for-work scandal became public last week when Self-Defense party employee Aneta Krawczyk alleged in a newspaper interview that she had sex in 2001 with Lepper, who is now deputy prime minister, in exchange for a political job.
She said that, to keep her post, she was required to sleep with Lyzwinski, who she said fathered her youngest daughter.
A paternity test cleared Lyzwinski of fathering the child, but prosecutors were pushing ahead with their investigation into whether he solicited sex in exchange for work.
Both Lyzwinski and Lepper have denied the allegations and have suggested that Krawczyk was pushed into making the claims by others — whom they have not identified — in an attempt to bring down the governing coalition.
Self-Defense and the League of Polish Families are junior coalition partners in a government led by Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's conservative Law and Justice party.