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#MeToo-supporting politician accused of groping male staffer

#MeToo-supporting politician accused of groping male staffer

A U.S. woman who has gained national recognition for fighting against sexual misconduct is accused of groping a former legislative staffer. He said Garcia was visibly intoxicated.

Assemblywomen, Shirley, Weber, D-San Diego, left, Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, center, and Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, listen as members of the women's caucus in the state Senate read a letter from the victim in the Stanford sexual assault case on June 13, 2016, at the Capitol in Sacramento.

Fierro in his interview with Politico illustrated the details of the alleged sexual harassment.

Christina Garcia, a #Metoo Movement leader, was accused of sexual harassment Thursday.

He said she cornered him alone after the annual Assembly softball game in Sacramento as he attempted to clean up the dugout. The first, at a softball game in 2014.

"I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior and such behavior is inconsistent with my values", the Los Angeles-area lawmaker added, Time reported.

On Twitter she wrote of her inclusion: "I didn't know I was part of the story". She is said to have been pivotal in making sure the legislative women's caucus is involved in policy and budget decisions, as well as being a mentor for would-be female politicians, encouraging them to take part in public office.




When Time magazine included her in their December Person of the Year issue she tweeted it was "an awkwardly humbling experience".

In November, Garcia told the Associated Press in a story about sexual harassment at after-work political events that alcohol was no excuse for inappropriate behaviour.

"She came back and was whispering real close and I could smell the booze and see she was pretty far gone, " he said. "I think our public also expects us to hold ourselves to a higher standard". He also accused her of attempting to grab his crotch as he tried to walk away. "He was in shock, I was in shock - but the culture was very different back then", Shirinian said.

Spurned by Garcia's outspokenness in the anti-sexual harassment campaign, Fierro in January chose to report Garcia to Calderon. But that changed as the discussion about sexual misconduct heated up in Sacramento and nationwide. "I was four inches from her, eyeball to eyeball - and I said, 'That ain't gonna happen'". "But the power dynamic was there". A Sacramento lobbyist also told Politico that he had been accosted by Garcia a year ago, at which time she "made a graphic sexual proposal, and tried to grab his crotch".

Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously, and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place. The complaint has been forwarded to California's Assembly Rules Committee, who have launched their own investigation. He told The Post he does not have a position on what the outcome should be for Garcia.

Fierro has been interviewed in connection with the probe. "It's about finding out the truth and creating a culture that makes it safe for everybody".


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