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Cristina Garcia, California #MeToo chief, cleared of groping allegations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Outdoors investigators on Thursday cleared a California assemblywoman who was as soon as on the forefront of the state’s #MeToo motion of allegations that she groped a male employees member in 2014.

The Meeting Guidelines Committee knowledgeable Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and complainant Daniel Fierro of the findings in separate letters.

Fierro mentioned he might enchantment the choice as a result of no less than one of many witnesses he prompt was by no means interviewed.

Outdoors legal professionals employed by the Meeting performed the investigation and wrote Fierro was not entitled to a duplicate due to attorney-client privilege.

The Meeting has not launched its personal assertion or particulars on the total findings due to the 10-day enchantment window.

A spokesman for Garcia mentioned she plans to return to work Monday. The Los Angeles-area Democrat has been on voluntary depart since February when the declare went public.

“I look forward to returning to work and getting back to the business of representing my constituents,” she mentioned in an announcement.

Investigators did substantiate allegations of vulgar language and different claims made by a San Diego lawyer representing 4 former Garcia employees members.

A letter to lawyer Dan Gilleon mentioned investigators discovered Garcia “commonly and pervasively” used vulgar language round employees, used employees to carry out private companies and disparaged different elected officers.

It’s unclear what particular language she used, however obscene language and demeaning feedback can fall beneath the definition of sexual harassment.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to my colleagues in the Legislature, my staff and most importantly to the residents of the 58th Assembly District for instances where my use of language was less than professional,” Garcia mentioned in her assertion.

Garcia is working for re-election and faces a June 5 main towards six Democrats and one Republican. The 2 highest vote-getters will transfer onto the November election.

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