Newry and Armagh DUP assembly member Paul Berry has been suspended from the party following newspaper allegations.
Mr Berry insisted he was still an MLA and a councillor
It is understood Mr Berry attended a disciplinary panel examining a newspaper story alleging he met a male masseur at a Belfast hotel.
The masseur claimed a sexual encounter had taken place, which Mr Berry denied.
He said he wanted the matter cleared up as quickly as possible. The suspension has been confirmed by a party spokesman.
Mr Berry threatened a potential libel action over the Sunday World story which was published on the eve of the Westminster election in May.
When contacted by the BBC on Monday, Mr Berry insisted he was still an MLA and a councillor.
Mr Berry said that if he was meant to attend a disciplinary panel he had not been given any date for it.
When his assembly colleagues met Peter Hain without him, Mr Berry said he was at a funeral.
In relation to his potential libel action against the Sunday World, he said this was still an ongoing matter which was still with his solicitor.
In a statement released later on Monday, Mr Berry said: "Following press speculation about myself and my position within the party, I would like to make it clear that I have not received written confirmation from the party of an official suspension.
"I wish to make it clear that I am happy to accept a public suspension and take part in a disciplinary committee.
"I am awaiting confirmation of a date for the committee to meet and when I am informed of the meeting I will be more than happy to attend, I am eager to have the matter resolved as quickly as possible."