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Calif. Democrat and #MeToo-leader accused of groping a male staffer

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a leader of the #MeToo movement, which tried on the line of the then 25-year-old assistant back, his squeeze buttocks and tried to grab his step as he walked away from her.

(Associated Press)

A California Democrat, appeared in the “Time magazine’ s Person of the Year edition for their role in the anti-sexual harassment “#MeToo” movement has been accused of drunk groping a male legislative assistant at a softball game in the year 2014.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, allegedly, the then-25-year-old assistant back stroking, tried to give his a squeeze the buttocks and to resort to trying to make his step as he walked away from her.

The employee, Daniel Fierro, worked for members Ian Calderon at the time. He did not immediately report the incident, but in January said Calderon, also a Democrat, who reported it, installation guide.

Garcia was “clearly intoxicated” during the 30 – to 35-second sequence, said Fierro.

“Your hand was in it, and it slid down on my butt and tried to squeeze in,” Fierro added.

“Your hand, it was, and it slid down on my butt and tried to squeeze them.”

– Daniel Fierro, the former California legislative staffer

The Assembly is to examine Garcia. Assembly speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, said in a statement he has to reach the human resources to Garcia’s staff, to ensure that you feel safe.

Separately, Politico reported that a lobbyist, who declined to be named Garcia claimed from crude sexual comments and grab trying to make his step to a 2017 fundraiser.

“Every complaint should be taken sexual harassment seriously, and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,” Garcia, a Los Angeles-area legislator, said on Thursday. “I have zero recollection of inappropriate behavior, and such behavior is incompatible with my values.”

What is the #consent? How to bridge the gap between the different definitions? No matter your answer, I really recommend you watch the whole video. pic.twitter.com/Ign8oTgKCt

— Cristina Garcia (@AsmGarcia) 8. February 2018

Fierro, said he decided to tell Calderon about the incident, since Garcia is the openness in the #MeToo movement. He was reportedly interviewed last Friday by an outside law firm engaged by the Assembly Rules Committee.

Garcia was elected in 2012 and carved a name as a campaigner for women with the topics of health and environment, for the poor communities and the chair of the Women’s Caucus.

“I refuse to work with (the Deputy Raul Bocanegra), and who participates in harassment or coercion,” she tweeted in October, after it was reported that Bocanegra and a colleague were trained in the year 2009 for groping. Bocanegra resigned after several women publicly allegations of.

In a November interview with the Associated Press about the alcohol, fundraisers, and other after-work events, which are part of the regular business in Sacramento, Garcia said, the debt-to-alcohol is not an acceptable excuse for sexually inappropriate behavior. Men who choose to behave badly, not the social events, the problems, she said.

“I would say that most of the realized by the public that our work is based on relationships, and so we expected that we go out and socialize,” she said. “I think our public expects you to hold us to, us to a higher standard.”

“I would say that most of the realized by the public that our work is based on relationships, and so we expected that we go out and socialize. I think that our public expects from us, and us to a higher standard.”

– California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia

The Assembly Committee, said last week that eight allegations of sexual harassment are pending in the Assembly but did not reveal any names.

Fierro, Cerritos, left the Assembly in 2016, and is now running a company is also a communication. Calderon, his former boss, is now the majority leader. Lerna Shirinian, Calderon’s communications director, said Fierro told her of the incident after it happened.

“He was in shock, I was in shock — but the culture was completely different back then,” Shirinian Politico said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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