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So first let’s hear from him. Lopez she claims that the Bob Ney sexually assaulted her at a wedding celebration in Las Vegas last year , I’m going to play a clip . It’s a little bit long . And I also want to warn our listeners that there’s some graphic language in here .
I felt a body a large body rush up behind me use the weight of their body to pushing into the restroom and you heard the door slammed behind us I spun around and realized that I was face to face with Matt to Bob Ney and that he had very quickly exposed himself and begun masturbating I started backing up and he moved toward me , while he was masturbating and in explicit terms told me to touch his genitals while he was masturbating and I remember thinking oh my God , what do I do. What do I do , and I thought , make it very clear that I do not want to be here and that there is no misunderstanding . And so I said several times . No I will not cut you know I will not touch you .
And so birth that was Pamela Lopez Sacramento lobbyist who did not initially come forward and named Bob Ney when the we said enough letter was released recently , she said , you know she feared some retaliation for that and that was also why she well , she told people at the time. What happened to her she swore them to secrecy .
How did the assemblyman respond to the allegations. At the press conference .
So what. Well , before we get to that , if you , if you don’t mind it let me let me go ahead and play one more clip in the cloak that clip is from Jessica Barker . So as I mentioned earlier . She worked with Matt to Bob Ney in Congressman Brad Sherman’s district office to Bob Ney was Sherman’s district director for a period of time . Barker says the ball day mocked her for dressing like a lesbian and bragged to her about who we slept with . And then she went on , then it Vince you want . Then he went on , excuse me . Then she went on to say this .
His behavior also veered into the overtly sexual.
On more than one occasion I had to listen to him regale me with stories of his sexual prowess and events are fund raisers he would I women in the room and talk about his conquests who he’d slept with who wanted to sleep with him.
And back at the office he would open his top desk drawer to reveal a stories of condoms and once he was certain that I gotten a view of it he would make a joker smart about it and make comments.
And so as we’ve been hearing some of the , the discussion in Congress about what to do about sexual harassment and there’s a lot to talk about what happens within the state capital in the office buildings , there just years Barker was 3,000 miles away from any sort of HR apparatus to the extent any of them existed and you know , she says , she told people at the time , and in fact , it was pretty widen widely known other people are saying that that the Bob Ney behave this way towards towards other women too but there just wasn’t much that she felt would come of of reporting it.
And then you have another soundbite for us on why Pamela Lopez decided to name to Bob Ney now why she waited.
Yeah , absolutely in and so this I think is that she gave several reasons yesterday. First is that last week . The assembly held a committee hearing to discuss sexual harassment at the state Capitol and in it she specifically called out Lopez ditched specifically called out rules committee chair Ken Cooley who said look we need women who have been abused harassed to come forward and report the incidents and report the people who have done so to them . Naming names , even if those names are powerful people because that’s the only way that this is going to be addressed . And so , Lopez said . I’m placing my trust with this with this system . I don’t really trust the system . But look , you know you’re saying you have to give that a try . And so I’m committed to giving it a try . Please make sure that I’m protected from any sort of retaliation . So that’s one reason another reason is just that the the solidarity with other women who have come forward and women who have not been able to come forward and in name harasses but are are going to work every day and this is . Lopez said putting on their suits and and just trying to to keep , keep up during all this . And lastly , here is that the last reason that Pamela Lopez says she decided to name at the Rodney .
I also understand that there are other women who have been sexually harassed by Matt to back and I can’t have it on my conscience that this may happen again I’ve I’ve heard from enough women that I am fearful and I am worried that that this will happen to others again and as scary as it is for me to step forward. I , as I said I can’t have it on my conscience that I didn’t do everything that I could do to stop him from hurting other women in the future .
So Ben , let’s go back to the question , then how did to Bob Ney respond to the allegations.
Yeah he is contesting denying everything so far. He issued a .
Statement that about Lopez’s claims I quote I affirmative Lee deny that this event ever happened at any time. I am saddened by this lobbyist effort to create this falsehood and make these inflammatory statements apparently for her own self-promotion and without regard to the reputation of others . I look forward to clearing my name , and he also spoke with the Los Angeles Times yesterday and said I am utterly shocked and blown away , this is a career ending charged beast on no facts . Also on Friday .
A few days before this press conference but I think it was known by then that Lopez was prepared to hold the Press Club.
France as she did yesterday the Barneys lawyer Patricia L Glaser sent a cease and cysts letter to Lopez warning her that she’d be held fully accountable and damages if she went through with the press conference or made any other public falls into defamatory AK allegation against.
The Bob Ney now. As for the allegations from Jessica Barker to Bob needs PR firm did not respond to my request for comment .
About that , but again going off of what he told the Los Angeles Times , he said. I’m just shocked at her allegations . That’s just not how I behaved he accused .
Parker of political motivations to Bob Ney is considered a generally a moderate Democrat a business friendly Democrat Barker is active in a Democratic Club in the Los Angeles area , where the Bob Ney represents and and she she’s active and in criticized the Bob Ney for not being progressive enough. And so the Bob Ney is suggesting that there are political motivations involved in that way .
So how are other lawmakers reacting.
Well , certainly there are statements coming out from folks at the state Capitol. The saying you know this year . Yes , ranging from , you know what many , many women are many are saying that they believe Lopez and just Barker and of course that’s something that we’re seeing a lot and and we we we noticed when Mitch McConnell said he believed he had no reason not to believe the accuser’s of Roy Moore . That’s a very different situation but it but it shows that the you know there is a and importance , based on on on letting the women who are reporting this know that that that other lawmakers other people in positions of power believe them . So many people are saying that a couple noteworthy things Ken Cooley the Rules Committee chair released a statement thanking Lopez for reporting the incident , saying it will be handled by an outside investigator , which is the assembly’s policy in and there’s not much more he can say right now because it is an ongoing investigation . And I want to call attention to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon , who reiterated a previous statement before the Bob Ney was named and and now basically saying look if if to Bob Ney was found to have committed . You know the abuse against Pamela Lopez the assault against Pamela Lopez , he’s going to call for his resignation . And if that doesn’t happen . He’ll move to immediately expel him .
I’m talking with cap radios Capitol bureau chief Ben Adler about sexual harassment allegations revealed yesterday. Pamela Lopez who previously discussed the allegations on insight , but did not name her assailant came forward to name a symbol a minute Matt to Bob Ney yesterday . She was joined by just the chaos . Parker , who used to work for the assemblyman and says she endured her own harassment when she worked for him so Ben what what’s next with this case is the process clear here .
Well , we , we do have the assembly independent outside investigation. We don’t have a timeline for that and the Assembly is also investigating any other claims that may come in this one is certainly the most prominent assembly claim right now . Now that role . Ankara has resigned , another Democratic assemblyman who had faced allegations of sexual misconduct , and we should note that Senator Tony Mendoza is the other lawmaker who has been named in in recent weeks and he is denied the allegations and is awaiting the results of a Senate investigation . Now the lawmakers were still in office has been stripped of their committee posts are rather committee chairmanships but they have not been suspended or expelled , and as of now about a month from now when the legislature reconvenes right after the .