A California state assemblywoman who rose to nationwide prominence as a campaigner towards sexual attack is now herself accused of misconduct.
The state legislature is investigating Democrat Cristina Garcia, who used to be featured in a Time mag profile of #MeToo sufferers ultimate 12 months.
She is accused of groping some other lawmaker’s male aide after an annual legislative softball sport in 2014.
Ms Garcia claims “zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior”.
In a remark, the influential Los Angeles-area lawmaker added that “such behaviour is inconsistent with my values”.
“Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place,” mentioned Ms Garcia, who used to be elected in 2012 and chairs the Legislative Women’s Caucus and the Natural Resources Committee.
The accusation comes from Daniel Fierro, who mentioned a drunken Ms Garcia cornered him within the workforce dugout when he used to be 25 years outdated.
He mentioned Ms Garcia stroked his again, squeezed his buttocks and tried to take hold of his crotch.
Mr Fierro told Politico he didn’t at the start document the incident.
He isn’t the one guy accusing Ms Garcia of undesirable sexual advances.
Another accuser, whom Politico described as a outstanding lobbyist at California’s state capital, claims the lawmaker attempted to fondle him at a fundraiser ultimate 12 months.
The guy, who wanted to stay nameless as a result of he represents a significant trade affiliation, mentioned Ms Garcia had leaned in shut sufficient to him that he may scent alcohol on her breath.
She whispered that she had “set a goal” for herself to have intercourse with him and used a vulgarity, he mentioned.
The accuser mentioned he stopped Ms Garcia from grabbing his genitals, and instructed her “that ain’t gonna happen”.
The claims come months after the lawmaker instructed the New York Times she had skilled sexual harassment.
“Multiple people have grabbed my butt and grabbed my breasts,” she mentioned about alleged incidents within the state capital of Sacramento.
“We’re talking about senior lobbyists and lawmakers.”
Her tale later featured in Time magazine’s issue honouring “silence breakers”.
Both Mr Fierro and the lobbyist mentioned Ms Garcia used to be closely drunk on the time of the alleged attacks.
In a November interview with the Associated Press information company about alcohol at political fundraisers, Ms Garcia mentioned that blaming drink isn’t a suitable excuse for beside the point sexual behaviour.
“I would say that most of the public realises that our job is based on relationships, and so we are expected to go out there and socialise,” she mentioned.
“I think our public also expects us to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”