Politics

SoCal Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia faces new misconduct claims

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento.
FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento.
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California Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is facing fresh allegations of misconduct involving discussions about sex and drinking alcohol in her office.

San Diego lawyer Dan Gilleon filed a formal complaint Wednesday detailing the allegations with the Assembly Rules Committee. He filed it on behalf of four anonymous former members of Garcia's staff.

Gilleon says the staff members will cooperate with an investigation but do not want to release their names publicly for fear of retribution. He says none still work in the Legislature.

Garcia says she will address each issue individually when the investigations are closed. She says in a Facebook post she is confident she has treated her staff "fairly and respectfully."

She took an unpaid leave of absence starting Friday after an allegation surfaced that she had groped a former male legislative staffer. She denies his claim.