The president of the state Senate said Friday that he is shocked and devastated, and that his husband, Byron Hefner, would soon begin treatment for alcoholism as the Senators on Beacon Hill prepare an independent investigation into allegations that Hefner sexually abused several men in recent years.
Stan Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, did not answer any questions during a brief appearance outside his office. He did, however, make a statement and said he is confident an investigation would show Hefner did not interfere with the Senate’s official business after claims came out that Hefner had boasted a wielding influence inside of Rosenberg’s office.
Rosenberg also promised to remove himself from any matters related to the investigation or the allegations. Four men, speaking anonymously to the Globe, said Hefner sexually assaulted and harassed them over the past few years. Three of the men said he grabbed their genitals and one said Hefner kissed him against his will.
Rosenberg said Thursday he hadn’t previously been made aware of the allegations.
Rosenberg will stay as Senate President during the investigation.