Lobbyist, Staffer Accuse CA Assemblyman Dababneh Of Lewd Sex Act, Inappropriate Behavoir

Pamela Lopez discusses alleged sexual misconduct by San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh on Monday Dec. 4 2017

KABC Pamela Lopez discusses alleged sexual misconduct by San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh on Monday Dec. 4 2017

Lopez says Dababneh pushed her into a washroom at a common companion's wedding festivity in Las Vegas in January 2016.

"I was face to face with Matt Dababneh and he had very quickly exposed himself and started masturbating", she said. When she went to the bathroom, she wrote, he blocked the door, dropped his trousers and urged her to touch him. Lopez said she refused and left the room feeling shaken. Dababneh has strongly denied the allegation.

"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.

Two other Democrats in the Legislature have been publicly accused of sexual misbehavior.

At Monday's press conference, another woman, Jessica Yas Barker, alleged that Dababneh had harassed her and other employees while she was working for him in 2008 in the state office of Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.).

Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, was stripped of his legislative leadership positions pending an investigation into harassment allegations.

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.

"It was a terrifying experience". A friend of Lopez's also told The Times that Lopez described the encounter to her several weeks after the party.

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Dababneh won his Assembly seat in a special election four years ago. She said she has not filed a report with police.

Dababneh now represents California's 45th Assembly District, covering much of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. Barker said she left the job after 18 months to escape Dababneh's sexual harassment, which she said included constant talk of his sexual exploits and his physique and a display of the many condoms in his desk. "So, that the legislator can work on helping us finding safety in our workplaces and help us find some justice", Lopez said.

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