Democrat, #MeToo activist was drunk, ‘overly familiar’ with male staffer, but no evidence of groping: report

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An investigator found that a California Democrat who was at the forefront of the #MeToo movement was “overly familiar” with a male former legislative staffer who accused her of misconduct, according to a letter this week from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

But there’s not enough evidence to substantiate allegations that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, groped Daniel Fierro at a 2014 legislative softball game in Sacramento, the investigator said.

The findings were outlined in a letter from Rendon, which says the Assembly speaker will take “appropriate remedial action.” His spokesman, Kevin Liao, said that action hasn’t been determined.

Rendon’s letter outlining the findings said investigators concluded Garcia was inebriated, grabbed Fierro’s arm for support and put her hand on his back. It said she was “overly familiar” in a way she would not have been if she was sober.

But it said the evidence doesn’t support a finding that she touched Fierro on his buttock or genitals or that the encounter was sexual. – READ MORE

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