Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia says sexual misconduct claims are political smear

In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, says accusations of sexual misconduct against her are part of a political effort to discredit her.

Garcia is on an unpaid leave of absence amid an investigation into whether she groped Daniel Fierro, a former staffer to a colleague, in 2014.
Another former staffer has filed a complaint alleging Garcia asked him to play a drinking game and he was fired for complaining about it. Garcia, a Bell Gardens Democrat, denies the claims.

She alleges a private investigator has been calling her former staff members and tenants in properties she owns seeking information to discredit her. Her statement does not specify who she thinks is behind the effort.

Fierro says he stands by his story and is unaware of efforts by a private investigator.

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