An investigation into the allegation facing Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein does not fall within the jurisdiction of the state Senate, Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan said in a statement Thursday.

“At this point, this is an allegation in which no formal complaint was ever made. While it may be within the scope of other entities, an investigation into this matter is not within the jurisdiction of the Senate,” Flanagan said in a statement.

Klein, who has been a coalition with Senate Republicans, is accused of forcibly kissing a then-staffer outside of a bar in Albany in 2015. Klein has denied the incident took place, telling reporters on Wednesday he would welcome an investigation into the matter.

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have both called for independent investigations into the allegation.

The Senate Ethics Committee includes several members of Klein’s IDC bloc, including Sens. David Valesky, Diane Savino and David Carlucci. All IDC members have publicly backed Klein after the on-the-record allegation by the former staffer, Erica Vladimer, was reported.

The allegation also comes as Klein and mainline Senate Democrats have agreed to a unity deal meant to give the party a working majority in the state Senate after two vacancies in the chamber are filled by special election this spring.

Flanagan in his statement complimented Klein and said harassment claims need to be taken seriously.

“I know Senator Klein to be a good and decent person who treats others with respect,” Flangan said. “We take every allegation of sexual harassment seriously and will continue to encourage everyone to come forward. In the meantime, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the policies and procedures in place are best serving our members and our staff, and fostering a safe workplace.”