San Diego-area state senator in California threatened to “b—- slap” a female lobbyist and rubbed her shoulders, and found uninvited in a restaurant near the Capitol in Sacramento last month, a study released Tuesday.
Sen. Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, was reported repriminanded by the Senate this week after a review of its interaction with a lobbyist, Stephanie Roberson of the California Nurses Association, the San Diego Union-Tribune.
State sen. Joel Anderson reprimanded for ‘unacceptable’ behaviour towards female lobbyist https://t.co/OYAjOj2yu2 pic.twitter.com/GsMzHYlyCy
— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) September 26, 2018
The Senate rules Committee found that Anderson violated the Senate Code of Conduct), the Union reported the Tribune.
“Your behavior was completely unacceptable,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins wrote in the letter of reprimand, according to the Sacramento Bee. “The rules Committee has to interact in a professional manner.”
Roberson filed an appeal in August, claiming that Anderson rubbed her shoulders for about 10 seconds, the uninvited, and “probably not desirable,” according to the investigation, found that the legislature was “a little drunk” at the time.
Anderson was then stirred, during a conversation about his relationship with the nurses association, said Roberson at least twice that he should to her shock, or “words, which is very close to the words,” the investigation found.
No witnesses, said Anderson ever tried to physically beat.
Anderson denied to the investigators that he threatened her shock. He told investigators that he was describing how he is, not as anti-union as it is perceived, calling it a real “slap”.
Four witnesses Roberson is justified, not Anderson’s version of events, according to the investigation.
Anderson was cooperative and because he was drunk”, can’t findings have estimated the degree would be to his words as offensive,” the.
Roberson could not be reached immediately for comment.
Anderson said on Tuesday he stand by his original statement in August, when he said that he regretted his choice of words and said it was against Roberson.
Bonnie Castillo, executive director of the nurses’ union, told the Times that it was “shocking” that Anderson’s behavior was “part of the status quo.”
“Hopefully, this incident will be done serves as a further wake-up call, how much the more, by the end of the all-to-routine on sexual harassment and abuse, the stains of our policy and other areas of life,” she said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.