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California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia accused for sexual harassment

California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, known as being a high-profile advocacy of the #MeToo movement, is now subject of a state legislative investigation in the wake of a report that she sexually harassed and groped a former legislative staffer. Daniel Fierro of Cerritos declared he was groped by Garcia, a powerful Democratic lawmaker who chairs the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Natural Resources Committee, in 2014, when he was 25-old.

Fierro said she began stroking his back, then squeezed his buttocks and attempted to touch his crotch before he extricated himself and quickly left, in circumstances when she cornered him alone after the annual Assembly softball game in Sacramento. After he mentioned the issue last January to Calderon, his former boss, the matter was then referred to the Assembly Rules Committee, which launched an investigation.

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Another person, a prominent Sacramento lobbyist, sustains that Cristina Garcia also accosted him in May 2017, cornered him, made a graphic sexual proposal, and tried to grab his crotch at a political fundraiser hosted by Governor Jerry Brown for state Senator Josh Newman at the de Veres bar in Sacramento. Garcia was one of hundreds of Sacramento women who signed a letter with the hashtag #WeSaidEnough protesting harassment. The current president of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission said that the accusations against Garcia threaten to seriously damage the nationwide movement. But, of course, they are first to be proven true. “Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place, ” Garcia said in a statement.

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