Lobbyist accuses LA assemblyman of sexual assault

Pamela Lopez

Pamela Lopez claims the lawmaker cornered her in a bathroom previous year in a Las Vegas hotel, dropped his trousers and asked her to touch him.

Barker also said that she has no reason to think Sherman was aware of Dababneh's behavior ― he was "always on his best behavior in front of the congressman", she said. Lopez had previously shared her story of being harassed, but had not publicly named Dababneh until Monday, when she filed a complaint with the California State Assembly. "He told me to touch his genitals while he was masturbating".

Lopez's lawyers provided reporters with copies of a cease-and-desist letter that Patricia Glaser, chair of the litigation department at Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro, sent the lobbyist on Friday. In her letter, Lopez wrote that before the January ordeal ended, he told her not to tell anyone.

Dabaneh, 36, strongly denied the allegations.

The second woman, Jessica Yas Barker, says her experiences stem from her time working for lawmakers in Los Angeles. One week ago, Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-Arieta, resigned after six women accused him of groping and harassing them. She affirmed that Dababneh once opened his work area drawer to demonstrate her that it was loaded with condoms, and that he occupied with wrong touching, improper remarks about his sexual coexistence, and frequently flaunted and conversed with female partners or subordinates about his muscles and exercise schedule.


Dababneh is a Democrat who represents the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County.

"Prior to Ms. Barker's article, I had never seen or been told of, any inappropriate behavior by Assemblyman Dababneh, or any disparagement of women", Sherman told HuffPost in a statement.

"There are other women who have been sexually harassed by Matt Dababneh", Lopez told reporters.

"Ken Cooley encouraged ladies who have been sexually pestered inside the California political group to venture forward and address the council and look for review through their procedure", Lopez said at a Monday question and answer session. "Also, that is the dread of such huge numbers of other ladies who have imparted their encounters to me". 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". "I want young women who are perhaps in college or in high school thinking about working in politics someday not to have to experience all of the things that I have experienced".

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