These 7 current and former state lawmakers from Southern California face allegations of misconduct
Seven current and former California Assembly and Senate members were accused of sexual misbehavior and other harassment over the past decade, according to documents released Friday by the Legislature. Here are details about each lawmaker gleaned from the documents, some of which were heavily redacted to protect the identities of accusers and other parties.
Travis Allen is a financial planner from Huntington Beach who has served in the Assembly since 2012 and is running for California governor.
Travis Allen (Photo by Ed Crisostomo, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
The harassment disclosures released Friday included one from an apparent legislative staffer against Allen. She reported that she’d been made uncomfortable by Allen standing too close to her, by touching his foot to hers when they were sitting together, and by him approaching her from behind and squeezing her shoulders with his hands. The staffer noted that a female co-worker had said that Allen prolonged his grip on her hand after a handshake.
Allen, a Republican, dismissed the complaint.
“The release of this unsubstantiated complaint is a political attack by a Democrat-led committee,” Allen said in an emailed statement. “I’m sure I’ve shaken many people’s hands, tapped many people on the shoulder and have even tapped people’s feet accidentally. But there has never been anything in any of my actions that has been inappropriate, and nor will there ever be.”
A Democrat from Inglewood serving her second two-year term in the Assembly, Autumn Burke faced a staff member’s complaint that included the claim that she participated in what a letter from the Assembly human resources department called “an inappropriate conversation” with capitol office staff “regarding anal sex.”