Assemblywoman Cristina García is accused of sexual harassment
One of the leaders of the #MeToo movement has been accused by two people of unwanted sexual advances and has decided to take an unpaid leave while the investigation is underway.
The scope of the women's claim movement - which has dominated the headlines over the last year - is now broader than expected.
After hundreds of thousands of women joined the #MeToo campaign, some men have decided to break the myth of male weakness and have come out to denounce their own aggressors.
Such was the case of Daniel Fierro, who in 2014 served as a member of Assemblyman Ian Calderon's staff, during which time he was allegedly sexually harassed by the powerful Democratic legislator Cristina Garcia, chairwoman of the Resource Committee of the Women's Legislative Caucus in California.
According to Politico, Fierro described how the legislator cornered and touched him, in what appeared to be a classic behavior of abuse of power and harassment.
Despite not having reported the incident in time, Fierro decided to make public his complaint after seeing that the legislator had been part of TIME's editorial Person of the Year as one of the "Silence Breakers" in the campaign against sexual harassment.
Fierro's complaint has been joined by a "prominent Sacramento lobbyist" who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity and who said that the legislator also harassed him during the month of May 2017 under clear influence of alcohol.
This setback within the movement has been fundamental not only because of the courage of men to talk about their own experiences but because of the questioning of the behavior of a woman who was part of the letter signed by hundreds of women in Sacramento using the hashtag #WeSaidEnough and rejecting years of sexual harassment on the part of men in the Capitol.
For Jessica Levinson, professor of law and political ethics at the Loyola School in Los Angeles, these allegations, if true, could inflict "serious damage to the nationwide movement that has been credited with bringing the issue of sexual harassment into the open.”
"Hypocrisy knows no bounds or partisanship, it crosses all party affiliations," said Levinson. "To the extent that these are substantiated claims, there’s a picture of Cristina Garcia as a hypocrite in the dictionary."
For her part, Garcia issued a statement in which he said: "every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place."
Also, a spokeswoman for the legislator's office said Garcia was aware of the reports issued by the Assembly Rules Committee.
As reported by CBS, the Assemblywoman decided to take a voluntary unpaid leave from last Friday while the investigation against her develops.