Fierro said he chose to tell Calderon about the incident because of Garcia's outspokenness in the #MeToo movement, which references the social media campaign used by millions to tell personal experiences with sexual harassment. I can confirm that I did attend the 2014 legislative softball game with a number of members and my staff.
In December, when Time magazine announced that "Silence Breakers" who spoke out against sexual harassment were its Persons of the Year, Garcia's face was prominently included in the art accompanying the cover story.
Fierro told Politico that Garcia appeared so drunk that night he would not be surprised if she did not remember groping him.
However, he didn't report the alleged incident at the time, but he opened up about it in January when he told his former boss, Democratic Assemblyman Ian Calderon, who reported about the incident to Assembly leaders. That I was pictured and added to a timeline of this reckoning.
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, a Democrat, said in a statement he is directing human resources to reach out to Garcia's staff to make sure they feel safe.
"Garcia, who was elected in 2012, was one of hundreds of Sacramento women who signed an anti-sexual harassment letter - which included the hashtag "#WeSaidEnough".
He told Politico the lawmaker cornered him at a political fundraiser in May 2017, where she made a "graphic sexual proposal" and attempted to grab his crotch. "It's an awkwardly humbling experience, but I am proud of this work and the company I am in".
"Every complaint about sexual harassment should be taken seriously and I will participate fully in any investigation that takes place", the Los Angeles-area lawmaker said in a statement on Thursday.
"Multiple people have grabbed my butt and grabbed my breasts", she told the Times.
About two dozen sexual harassment allegations were made against Assembly lawmakers, staff and lobbyists in 2017 - the most within a single year since 2006 - and at least eight allegations are pending, according to documents released last week. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, is also now on a leave of absence while the Senate investigate allegations that he behaved inappropriately toward young women on his staff. "She looked at me for a second and said, 'I've set a goal for myself to f- you'".
"I have female co-workers who have gone through this - and it absolutely needs to be talked about, " he said. "I can also say I have zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behaviour and such behaviour is inconsistent with my values", Garcia said. "The problem is when Cristina is the one, it's for everyone to roll their eyes.and it takes away from the issue.and the credibility".