A second unnamed accuser also claims Garcia made a graphic sexual proposal before groping him, something she denies.
The four former state employees that have filed the formal complaint allege Garcia talked openly about “sexual activities with other elected officials,” claimed to have sex in “assembly offices” and said “having sex… was a good way of getting information.”
“That’s definitely not anything that happened. Not only did I not have those conversations, but I’m also not engaging in sex for information or for votes,” Garcia said.
As a #MeToo activist, she’s called on those accused of harassment to resign immediately – but she does not plan to do so herself.
“I don’t know if I would go so far as to say that it’s hypocritical. What I do know is that it’s incredibly questionable,” Fierro said.
“I’m going to be respectful of the process. I’ve been trying really hard to be respectful of people coming forward,” Garcia said. “I’ve never had allegations like this against me.”
Garcia has yet to be interviewed by investigators. She’s on unpaid leave until the investigation is complete. There’s no clear timeline on when that will be.