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#MeToo-supporting politician accused of groping male staffer

#MeToo-supporting politician accused of groping male staffer

The Assembly is now investigating Garcia.

Garcia, who was featured as one of Time Magazine's "Silence Breakers" in the Person of the Year edition, is now under investigation by the state legislature, Politico reports.

One, a former legislative staffer, said Garcia groped his back and buttocks and attempted to grab his crotch during a legislative softball game in 2014.

Fierro said he fears that his accusation will harm the #MeToo movement since Garcia is so closely associated with it, but chose to speak out since her actions are contrary to the movement's cause.

"I refuse to work with (Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra) and anyone who takes part in harassment or assault", she tweeted in October after it was reported Bocanegra had been disciplined in 2009 for groping a colleague.

"What is even more upsetting is the ramifications. for the entire #MeToo movement", Fowler said. "It's such a blow because it gives the opposition so much fodder".

However, he didn't report the alleged incident at the time, but he opened up about it in January when he told his former boss, Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who reported about the incident to Assembly leaders. The details of these claims have never been brought to my attention until today. Jerry Brown on Monday giving legislative staff members whistleblower protections for reporting sexual misconduct or other misbehaviour, speaking at a rally on the Capitol steps after its passage. "I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with my values".

Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino), vice-chair of the Women's Caucus, said she is shocked by the allegations.

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California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia who received national media notice due to her high-profile advocacy of the female-led #MeToo movement, has been accused of groping a male employee from another lawmaker's office. "... Anyone proven to have sexually harassed or assaulted another person, regardless of their gender, should be held accountable for their actions". "That conversation [about sexual assault] needs to be had".

"I have consistently voiced my strong opinion that any legislator under investigation by either the Assembly or Senate should take an immediate leave of absence until the review is completed", she said in a statement.

The accusations against Garcia are the latest to drop against state lawmakers in recent months.

Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra and Matt Dababneh both resigned past year in response to accusations of unwanted sexual advances. Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, is also now on a leave of absence while the Senate investigate allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward young women on his staff.

The lawmaker has been outspoken in her criticism of a "boy's club" culture in Sacramento.

Garcia said she would comply with the investigation. "No matter your answer, I really recommend you watch the whole video".

"What is 'consent?' How do we bridge the gap between varying definitions?" she wrote.


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