The first accusations against Mr. Slutsky emerged last month in an article on the website of TV Rain, a small, independent broadcaster, which quoted two unidentified female journalists. In one instance cited in the article, the lawmaker reportedly placed the inner part of his palm against a reporter’s crotch. Later in February, RTVI’s deputy chief editor, Ekaterina Kotrikadze, went public with accusations against Mr. Slutsky, as did two other female journalists.
Mr. Slutsky denied all the accusations and turned to Facebook to mock his accusers, proposing that he and other lawmakers divide them up and take care of them. He and some of his fellow lawmakers, including the speaker of the Duma, Vyacheslav V. Volodin, suggested that the accusations were part of an anti-Russian campaign on the eve of the Russian presidential election.
“Attempts to make a Russian Harvey Weinstein of Slutsky look very much like a cheap, shoddy provocation,” Mr. Slutsky wrote on Facebook, suggesting that the complaints would go nowhere.
However, at least one member of Parliament, Oksana V. Pushkina, sided with the journalists. She pledged to submit an amendment to Russian law to provide a legal framework for prosecution of sexual harassment, which it currently lacks.
On Wednesday, the Parliament’s ethics commission took up the case, sifting through evidence that included the transcript of a conversation in which Mr. Slutsky suggested to a reporter from the Russian-language service of the BBC that she could become his mistress.
The ethics panel ruled the same day as the hearing that it had not observed “any breaches in the standards of conduct” by Mr. Slutsky. The chairman of the commission, Otari I. Arshba, hinted that the journalists seemed to have plotted together, and that some waited too long after the incident — several years — before coming forward.
Some reporters took to Twitter to mock the report, suggesting that the very problem was that the Duma did not consider Mr. Slutsky’s actions to be out of the ordinary.
On Thursday, after the various news organizations announced that they would not interact with Mr. Slutsky, some of their reporters were not allowed into the building at all.
Dmitri S. Peskov, the spokesman for President Vladimir V. Putin, declined to comment on the issue.
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