Statement issued after office of state department’s inspector general conducted investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour

The US ambassador to New Zealand has been “counselled on standards of conduct for government employees” after an investigation into his behaviour at a party in Samoa in the summer.

US officials from the state department’s office of inspector general flew to New Zealand last week to interview Scott Brown, a former Republican senator, and reported their findings on what happened at a peace corps reception where Brown caused controversy with remarks to volunteers serving food and other guests.

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