Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Taking Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Taking Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Taking Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

"I can also say I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behaviour and such behaviour is inconsistent with my values", Garcia said.

Democratic Assemblywoman and prominent face of the campaign to end sexual harassment in the state Capitol said Friday that she will take a voluntary unpaid leave of absence after she was accused of sexual misconduct.

In her statement Thursday, Garcia wrote, "Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place". He alleges that Garcia was drunk, and that she stroked his back and buttocks before trying to grab his crotch. But in January he told his former boss, Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who referred the matter to an assembly panel that is now investigating Garcia.

"I implore the Assembly Rules Committee to conduct a thorough and expeditious investigation, and I look forward to getting back to work on behalf of my constituents and for the betterment of California", Garcia added.

Garcia was one of hundreds of women in Sacramento who signed a letter with the hashtag #WeSaidEnough to protest sexual harassment.

Garcia, a graduate from the Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, helped form the Bell Association to Stop Abuse (BATSA) in the wake of the Bell scandal that involved misappropriation of public funds in the city in California, before being elected to Assembly in 2012.

Leyva said she will ask the Caucus to meet in the near future to discuss whether Garcia should remain as chair.

For this work, Garcia was featured as part of the "Silence Breakers," who were Time Magazine's Person of the Year. In a statement, a spokesperson said Garcia was aware of the report, but not the details, though she denied recalling any inappropriate behavior. Jerry Brown on Monday giving legislative staff members whistleblower protections for reporting sexual misconduct or other misbehavior, speaking at a rally on the Capitol steps after its passage.

But Fierro did inform Calderon's communications director Lerna Shirinian.

"When she crossed that line, that's when I was like, this is something completely different than I thought it was".

The lobbyist also suggested that it appeared Garcia had been drinking heavily.

At that point, Garcia "stepped in front of me and reaches out and is grabbing for my crotch, " he said.

Even after the #MeToo movement took off past year, Fierro was initially reluctant to come forward out of concern that it might distract from the many women who have made claims against powerful men in politics, entertainment and media.

"I would say that most of the public realizes that our job is based on relationships, and so we are expected to go out there and socialize", she said. It disturbed me to read that Fierro said a reason why he didn't say anything had to do with sexual harassment training he received because it "never included examples where the victim was a man and the perpetrator was a woman, so he "didn't have a way to frame it" in his mind". "The substance of what Cristina has said on these issues is absolutely legitimate". He in turn took the allegations to Assembly leaders, who have since launched an investigation.

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