Officials with the House of Delegates have investigated an "incident" that reportedly involved a comment made by Delegate Larry Faircloth, R-Berkeley, and a woman.
The House provided few details about the situation, and Faircloth said he had no knowledge of any investigation.
"The only thing I can figure is maybe I made a comment out loud somewhere and somebody took it the wrong way," Faircloth said Thursday in a phone interview.
"I've stuffed my foot in the my mouth before and had to apologize for it. I couldn't see it being different than anything like that."
In late August the Daily Mail asked House Communications Director Stacey Ruckle if any allegations of sexual harassment involving Faircloth had been reported. Ruckle responded with an emailed statement made by Joe Altizer, an attorney for the speaker's office.
"Speaker (Tim) Miley was not aware of any matter involving Delegate Faircloth prior to your phone call. After making inquiries, it is our understanding that an incident was reported to the prior administration, that it was investigated and was resolved to all parties' satisfaction," Altizer said in the statement.
Miley became speaker in June after then-Speaker Rick Thompson stepped down to become the cabinet secretary for the state Department of Veterans Assistance. A spokeswoman for the department said Thursday afternoon she would speak with Thompson and potentially respond. She did not.
After repeated requests for more information, Ruckle said Thursday afternoon there would be "no further comment on the matter at this time."
House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said Thursday he had spoken with someone in the speaker's office about something someone had told him concerning Faircloth.
"I heard, indirectly, from a person whom I believe was not part of the conversation, that there was a concern over a comment that was made," Armstead said in a statement. "I was not aware of the details of the matter, but I felt it was important that the issue be looked into and the woman's concerns be addressed.
"I discussed it with a representative of the speaker's office who was responsible for personnel matters. The matter was looked into and it is my understanding that all the parties were satisfied with the outcome," Armstead said.
No one provided any details about the specific nature of any comments allegedly made by Faircloth.