U.S. Sen. Larry Craig categorically denied new allegations of homosexual encounters by five men whose stories were published in the Idaho Statesman Sunday.
Craig's office issued a statement to some news organizations - but not to the Statesman - calling the statements of the new accusers "completely false," CNN.com reported. Four of the men, who described encounters ranging from flirtation to sex acts, allowed their names to be published by the Statesman.
"Like its previous coverage, these latest allegations are completely false and have no basis in reality," Craig said in a statement quoted by CNN.com. "I won't let this paper's attempt to malign my name stop me from continuing my work to serve the people of Idaho."
Craig pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in August, two months after his arrest in a men's room sex sting at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. He announced plans to resign after his arrest became public then changed his mind.
Police accused the senator of making sexual advances toward an undercover officer in the airport men's room, and Craig said he pleaded guilty without consulting an attorney because the Statesman had been investigating rumors about his sexuality. At an emotional news conference Aug. 28, he said the police allegations were false and declared, "I am not gay. I have never been gay."