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Harassment case puts US Senate prospect under spotlight

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017|8:40 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.– News that a sitting California senator is being investigated for unwanted sexual advances versus a young female employee has actually put a fresh spotlight on a legal leader this week as he begins a quote versus the state’s very first female U.S. senator.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, the Democratic leader of the state Senate, heads the committee in charge of personnels staff members who manage workplace problems. De Leon likewise rents a room in the Sacramento house of Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza, the male accused of incorrect conduct, de Leon representative Anthony Reyes said.

Mendoza is accused of consistently welcoming a young woman who operated in his office through a fellowship program to the house, although she never ever went. Mendoza said in a statement that he would never purposefully abuse his authority, though his declaration didn’t resolve the accusation that he welcomed her to his home.

Late Saturday, the Sacramento Bee reported that a second young woman has accused Mendoza of behaving wrongly towards her when she was a 19-year-old intern in his district workplace in 2008. A spokesperson for Mendoza stated the woman’s claims were “totally incorrect,” the Bee reported.

The woman, now 28, came forward with her accusations after media reports this week of the Senate investigation into Mendoza’s reported behavior toward the very first lady, inning accordance with the Bee.

De Leon said through spokespersons that he did unknown about the problem versus Mendoza or his alleged invitations to the girl. De Leon’s allies have actually downplayed the two senators’ relationship.

But De Leon’s handling of impropriety at the Capitol will likely play a role in his U.S. Senate quote versus Sen. Dianne Feinstein, among California’s most popular women in politics and a powerful U.S. senator.

“It really does seem like we’re at this inflection point with sex harassment accusations where suddenly they’re being taken seriously,” said Kim Nalder, director of the Job for an Informed Electorate at California State University-Sacramento. “It’s difficult to imagine that Kevin de Leon’s bid will be completely untarnished by this discovery that someone near to him was implicated of this kind of misbehavior.”

The current accusations against Mendoza, which follow almost 150 women signed a letter 3 weeks ago calling harassment prevalent in the capital culture, shed further light on the Senate’s dirty processes for examining its own members.

After the preliminary protest about harassment in mid-October, De Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon right away promised to review the Legislature’s policies. De Leon hired an outdoors private investigator, and the Senate asked ladies to speak to her.

De Leon stated at the time that “everyone deserves a workplace devoid of worry, harassment and sexual misdeed.”

That declaration was made prior to the allegations about Mendoza became public. A month earlier, the Senate began investigating Mendoza, Senate Secretary Danny Alvarez validated.

A former staff member of Mendoza’s grumbled to the Senate Rules Committee in September that the senator had consistently behaved inappropriately toward a young woman who worked for him through the Sacramento State fellows program, stated Micha Liberty, a legal representative for the worker. That month, the staff member and two others in Mendoza’s office were fired. The Senate and Liberty contest the timing of the firings relative to the grievance.

Mendoza and Alvarez stated the shootings had nothing to do with the grievances. Liberty, however, stated her client explained she was accusing Mendoza of sexual harassment towards the fellow, and she was forced to sign a confidentiality arrangement when she was fired. Liberty would not name her client and did not offer a copy of the privacy letter.

Mendoza stated he did not know about the complaint till the he was gotten in touch with by the Sacramento Bee. A spokesman for the university, Brian Blomster, said the university did not know either.

The Senate’s policy says the deputy secretary for personnels will meet individuals named in grievances or those who might have understanding, and will attempt to treat investigations as private. Alvarez did not straight address a concern about when, if ever, de Leon would be notified about an investigation in his role as head of the Senate Rules Committee.

“As the process needs, the Senate will act as soon as Senate Rules completes their investigation,” he said.

De Leon’s spokespeople decreased to make him readily available for an interview with The Associated Press on accusations of Capitol harassment regardless of repeated demands, including on Friday. They did not answer Friday when asked if de Leon had actually spoken with Mendoza considering that news of the allegations versus him broke or if he planned to strip Mendoza of his committee chairmanship. Mendoza heads the Senate Banking, Insurance Coverage and Financial Institutions Committee and sits on other crucial committees.

De Leon campaign spokesman Roger Salazar indicated his deal with gender equity and combating school sexual attack as proof of his record on women’s problems. “We’re not going to be able to stop people from being outrageous in aiming to play politics with this issue,” Salazar said.

Feinstein’s allies, however, stated the allegations at the Capitol will injure de Leon.

“De Leon is challenging a feminist icon,” stated Nathan Ballard, a Democratic strategist support Feinstein. “There is now a dark cloud of impropriety surrounding de Leon that will not make him incredibly popular with Sen. Feinstein’s base of Democratic females.”

It’s hard to determine the full scope of unwanted sexual advances claims at the Capitol because lawmakers protect examinations from disclosure. The Senate and Assembly both declined requests for information from the AP about how many sexual harassment investigations led to discipline because 2012, mentioning personal privacy concerns. The Senate reported that because time it has actually examined at least 6 unwanted sexual advances problems, although it’s uncertain if that tally includes Mendoza.

When complaints are dealt with, workers who make them might never ever get paperwork spelling out the results. Rather, the Deputy Secretary for Person Resources “will orally report the findings and conclusions to the worker,” according to the Senate harassment policy.

Kevin Spacey says sorry after star accuses him of past harassment, comes out as gay

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Star Kevin Spacey said Sunday he is “beyond horrified” by claims that he made sexual advances on a teen kid years back.

The two-time Oscar winner published on Twitter that he does not keep in mind the encounter.”However if I did act then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply improper drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having brought with him all these years,” he stated.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, actor Anthony Rapp said Spacey befriended him while they both performed on Broadway programs. Rapp was 14 when he went to a celebration at Spacey’s apartment in 1986, he stated. At the end of the night, an inebriated Spacey chose him up, placed him on his bed, and got on top of him, Rapp said.

Rapp said the 26-year-old was holding him down firmly, but he had the ability to get away and left the apartment.

Rapp, who is now 46 and starring in the TELEVISION show “Star Trek: Discovery”, stated he came forward after allegations against Harvey Weinstein triggered conversations about sexual assault and harassment in the show business.

Spacey, who is now 58, spoke openly about his sexual preference for the first time Sunday on Twitter.

“As those closest to me understand, in my life I have had relationships with both males and females,” he said. “I have actually liked and had romantic encounters with guys throughout my life, and I select now to live as a gay man.”

Spacey, who has actually fiercely secured his private life, had actually never ever disclosed his sexuality before however said Rapp’s story encouraged him to speak.

“I want to deal with this truthfully and honestly which begins with analyzing my own behavior,” he said.


AP author Michelle A. Monroe in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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Selma Blair, Rachel McAdams inform Toback harassment stories


AP This mix image reveals starlet Selma Blair at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on June 6, 2016, left, and actress Rachel McAdams at the Los Angeles best of “Physician Strange” on Oct. 20, 2016. In a Vanity Fair interview published Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, Blair and McAdams have alleged that writer and director James Toback sexually bugged them.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017|6:04 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– Actresses Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams have added their names to the growing list of females who have actually stepped forward to declare that writer and director James Toback sexually pestered or attacked them following a report Sunday in The Los Angeles Times detailing the accounts of 38 accusers.

Considering that Sunday, the number of accusers has swollen to over 200 declaring unsuitable encounters with Toback, an Oscar-nominee for his “Bugsy” movie script. Talking To Vanity Fair in a short article published Thursday, Blair and McAdams describe encounters similar to those detailed in the L.A. Times report– much of which assert that Toback, now 72, would talk up his accomplishments and guarantee stardom, typically referencing his relationship with Robert Downey Jr., prior to masturbating or imitating sex acts on the females.

Blair had actually currently filmed “Cruel Intentions” when her agent scheduled her to meet Toback for a possible role in his movie “Harvard Male.” The conference was set at a hotel restaurant, however Blair said when she arrived the person hosting stated that Toback desired her to meet him in his room.

There, she described a long meeting in which Toback asked her to perform a monologue naked, propositioned her for sex, and stated he would not let her leave till he “had release.” Blair said he then simulated sexual intercourse on her leg.

“I felt disgust and pity, and like nobody would ever think of me as being clean once again after being this close to the devil,” Blair said. “His energy was so sinister.”

Later, Toback suggested that if she told anyone, he could have her killed.

“I didn’t wish to speak up because, it sounds insane but, even until now, I have actually been terrified for my life,” Blair stated.

McAdams, an Oscar candidate for her supporting role in “Spotlight,” likewise met Toback to audition for “Harvard Man.” She was 21 and just starting out in business. After her audition he informed her he wanted to workshop with her. They satisfied that night in his hotel space where, she stated, the conversation rapidly turned sexual.

“He said, ‘You know, I simply need to inform you. I have actually masturbated countless times today thinking about you given that we satisfied at your audition,'” McAdams stated.

He later on asked if she would reveal him her pubic hair. McAdams said she ultimately excused herself and left.

“I was very lucky that I left and he didn’t in fact physically assault me in any method,” she said, including that she has actually felt embarassment since that she didn’t leave earlier. When she told her agent about the encounter the next day, she stated the representative said Toback had done this to another one of her starlet clients.

The accounts come as unwanted sexual advances in the office, and, specifically Hollywood, has been under increased analysis after lots of females implicated film mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and attack returning decades.

Blair stated in the case of Toback she was emboldened by the “brave ladies” who spoke up in the Times and the rage she felt when Toback dismissed the accounts. Toback denied the claims to the paper, and decreased to discuss the brand-new allegations to Vanity Fair. He has actually not responded to requests for remark from The Associated Press.

She also said she hoped that “somebody bigger” than her would “call him out.”

Weinstein accusers, who now total over 50, have varied from assistants to aspiring starlets to some of the industry’s most famous, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay tweeted that Blair and the others are “huge enough.”

“You have actually helped someone out there. You have,” DuVernay wrote to Blair.

Like Weinstein, reports of Toback’s supposed habits toward females have actually been around for years. Spy magazine blogged about him in 1989, and the now-defunct site Gawker also released accounts from women in New York who had actually had encounters with Toback on the street. Julianne Moore said on Twitter Tuesday that Toback approached her on the street in New York in the 80s, asking her to come to his apartment or condo to audition.

But exactly what may occur to Toback is still a concern. As Blair explained, unlike Weinstein and Amazon executive Roy Rate, Toback is not a staff member of a company from which he can be fired. He is also not presently a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Toback was an Academy member but stopped renewing his annual subscription nearly a decade back. He is not a member of the Academy,” a movie academy representative said Thursday.

He does, nevertheless, presently has actually a finished film, “The Personal Life of a Modern Woman,” starring Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin that debuted at the Venice Movie Festival earlier this year. It does not yet have a supplier.

Some see a silver lining in the dominoes falling like this.

“For many years, lots of in power tried to divide & & conquer ladies in order to control, control, & & victimize them,” said actress Jessica Chastain on Twitter on Thursday with a link to the Vanity Fair post. “The untenable behavior stops now.”

2 previous Reno city employees submit U.S. sexual harassment fit

Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017|4:16 p.m.

RENO– 2 ladies whose complaints assisted lead to the termination of former Reno City Supervisor Andrew Clinger in 2015 have actually submitted an unwanted sexual advances lawsuit versus city.

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Aug. 1 reveal for the first time the names of the females who came forward with accusations Clinger had created a sexually hostile office and after that retaliated versus them for complaining about it.

Deanna Gescheider, the city’s former interactions director, and Maureen McKissick, former assistant to the city supervisor, both resigned from the city late in 2015.

Reno City Lawyer Karl Hall informed the Reno Gazette-Journal the accusations in the claim lack benefit. He’s pledging to protect the city but says he will designate the case to the deputy city attorney.

The suit could be expensive for the city, which has actually already spent $225,000 investigating the grievances. Unfruitful settlement negotiations earlier this year fixated a $1.8 million demand from the ladies’s attorney.

The suit primarily restates the accusations against Clinger that emerged in two independent investigations carried out by the city, consisting of that he rubbed Gescheider’s thigh throughout a work conference and sent her raunchy messages using a phone app that destroyed the interaction after it was sent out.

The lawsuit likewise alleges that Clinger subjected McKissick to a hostile workplace by favoring a more youthful female employee and reassigning work from that lady to McKissick. The lawsuit states Clinger promoted hostility between McKissick and the other employee.

Both Gescheider and McKissick suffered “emotional distress, worry and stress and anxiety, and loss of pleasure of life,” as an outcome of Clinger’s behavior, the suit argues. A 3rd lady who grumbled about Clinger’s habits did not join the federal claim

Soon after his termination, Clinger was worked with by Gov. Brian Sandoval as a senior adviser. He did not respond to a request for comment.

Neither of the city’s 2 independent examinations found sufficient evidence to substantiate that Clinger touched Gescheider’s leg with sexual intent or that he made sexual advances towards her. The second examination, however, verified Clinger had actually used the Telegraph app that ruined his interactions with Gescheider.

The 2nd investigation also found that McKissick was “victimized by a less than professional workplace environment.”