#MeToo CA Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Accused of Sexual Harassment

2 men accuse Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia — a vocal #MeToo ally — of sexual harassment

Garcia says she is "certain" she did not engage in such behavior.

The head of the California Legislative Women's Caucus - and an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo and #WeSaid Enough movements - is facing accusations of sexual harassment.

Garcia said in a February 8 statement: "Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place".

He told Politico the lawmaker cornered him at a political fundraiser in May 2017, where she made a "graphic sexual proposal" and attempted to grab his crotch.

Fierro said that they were alone when she stroked his back, squeezed his buttocks, and tried to touch other private areas, reported The Washington Post. Fierro did not report the incident until January, when he told his former boss, Calderon, who then reported it to the Assembly Rules Committee.

She said that the stories underscore how "sexual harassment is not OK, period-regardless of whether it's by a man, or a woman".

Two Democratic assemblymen, Raul Bocanegra and Matt Dababneh, resigned last fall as women came forward publicly to accuse them of groping and making unwanted sexual advances. Sen.

Garcia was "clearly inebriated" during the 30- to 35-second episode, Fierro said. He said he was heading out the door in part to avoid the assemblywoman - who had been increasingly "flirtatious" and had called him on a few occasions before for late night drinks which he repeatedly declined. The story, first reported by Politico, involves claims by former legislative staff member Daniel Fierro and a Sacramento lobbyist.

In a November interview with the Associated Press news agency about alcohol at political fundraisers, Ms Garcia said that blaming drink is not an acceptable excuse for inappropriate sexual behaviour.

She was one of almost 150 women to sign an open letter in October calling out a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the Capitol and said she herself has been the target of groping and inappropriate remarks by people in the building.

He said she "stepped in front of me and reaches out and is grabbing for my crotch, " calling that moment the "line in the sand" as he stopped her progress. "I think our public also expects us to hold ourselves to a higher standard".

Garcia also is a member of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace.

Even after the #MeToo movement took off a year ago, 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.

"He was in shock, I was in shock - but the culture was very different back then", Shirinian told Politico. "The substance of what Cristina has said on these issues is absolutely legitimate". Here, people carry signs addressing sexual harassment at a #MeToo rally outside of Trump International Hotel in New York City, Dec. 9, 2017. When the legislation was unveiled last fall, Garcia vowed not to work with any lawmakers who had been accused of sexual harassment. He in turn took the allegations to Assembly leaders, who have since launched an investigation.

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