'No more hugs!': Texas sheriff says he will only give handshakes or knuckle bumps to people at work after string of sexual harassment claims against public figures
- Jim Kaelin, Sheriff for Nueces County, Texas, says he will no longer give hugs?
- People outside his family and close friends can expect a handshake or fist bump
- Sheriff Kaelin said he made the decision to guard against sex assault allegations?
- He uploaded the post the same day Matt Lauer was fired from Today
A Texas sheriff has vowed not to hug anyone outside of his family and close friends in order to guard against allegations of sexual assault.?
Jim Kaelin, sheriff for?Nueces County, 140 miles south of San Antonio, told people to expect a handshake or a fist-bump in a Facebook post uploaded last week.
Kaelin said he was 'sad' about the situation 'but you just don't know when this hug might come back and bite you'.?
Sheriff Jim Kaelin, from Texas, has vowed to only give out handshakes or fist bumps to people he meets to protect himself against sex assault allegations
Sheriff Kaelin made the announcement on Facebook on the same day Matt Lauer was fired from Today amid claims he was inappropriate with female members of staff
He penned the note on the same day Matt Lauer was fired from Today amid a flurry of sexual assault complaints from female members of staff.
Kaelin wrote: 'To my Facebook friends let me say this to you, my hugging days (outside family and or close friends) are over.?
'Sad, but you just don't know when this hug might come back and bite you.?
'The workplace, for one, can become hostile if an employee 'feels' threatened by your hugs...SO IT'S OVER.?
'In the future I will offer a hand shake, or knuckle bump, but NO MORE HUGS. It might offend you that I will no longer participate in hugging you, but I have decided to discontinue receiving/giving hugs from anyone outside of my family and close friends. I hope you understand.
Mr Kaelin said 'my hugging days outside friends and family are over' because of fears the intimate gesture could be used against him in future
From now on, hugs will be reserved only for close friends and family members, he said (pictured here with wife Sharon)
'Thanks. I'm from the old school but the time has come for me. No more hugs.'
Sheriff Kaelin seems to have been following the wave of sex assault stories closely as his Facebook page features an image of Democrat senator Al Franken.
Franken has been accused of groping by several women, including one which dates from a time when he was in office, but has refused to resign his post.
Kaelin's profile also includes a picture of Wilson, the volleyball best-friend of Tom Hanks from the movie Castaway, with the caption: 'Tom Hanks touched me.'?
Lauer became the latest big name to fall on Wednesday last week when he was sacked by NBC over sex assault allegations centered around the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The avalanche started with dozens of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein but has since snowballed to include actors, musicians, politicians and other public figures.
Charlie Rose was another high-profile journalist pushed from his perch at 60 Minutes after claims emerged about his allegedly inappropriate behavior.?
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