Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh accused of sexually assaulting Sacramento lobbyist

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2017

Assemblyman Matt Dababneh on Monday became the latest Los Angeles-area state legislator to be accused of sexual impropriety.

Lopez on Monday filed a complaint against Dababneh with the Assembly Rules Committee, telling reporters she waited nearly two years to act out of fear of retaliation and mistrust of the legislature's system for handling sexual harassment claims.

"As alarming as it seems to be, I must do everything that I can do as such that other ladies and different partners can do everything that they can do", she said.

"I am saddened by this lobbyist's effort to create this falsehood and make these inflammatory statements, apparently for her own self-promotion and without regard for the reputations of others", he said. He said he looks forward to clearing his name. "And I can't have it on my conscious that this may happen again".

Dababneh's laywer told The Los Angeles Times "these events did not happen", though the assemblyman himself did not comment on Monday. She told the NYT she was "fearful of being retaliated against".

According to Lopez, she was cornered in a bathroom as Dababneh "stood blocking the door and began to masturbate and move toward me, urging me to touch him". "I heard the door slam behind us". Glaser wrote that Lopez' claims against Dababneh are false and warned that, if she repeated them at the press conference or anywhere else, "you will be held fully accountable in damages". "During the time he blocked me in that room, my instincts were focused on escaping without any physical contact and in a way that would not cause a scene".

Lopez's business partner, however, told the paper that Lopez told him about the encounter within days of her return to Sacramento after the Las Vegas party.

Pamela Lopez, a Sacramento-based lobbyist, first publicly described being assaulted as part of the #MeToo campaign seven weeks ago, but kept her perpetrator anonymous, citing fear of retaliation. Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigned last week, and Sen.

Glaser also leads the legal team representing Harvey Weinstein, the former Hollywood movie mogul facing numerous allegations of sexual harassment and abuse. Tony Mendoza, D-Cerritos, was stripped of committee leadership positions pending an investigation of harassment allegations.

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