The #MeToo movement has snared another politician, this time California Democrat Tony Cardenas. He is accused of sexually molesting an underage girl in 2007. Naturally, he denies the charges.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
California Rep. Tony Cardenas denies uncorroborated allegations of molesting teenage girl
Rep. Tony Cardenas, a San Fernando Valley Democrat, confirmed Thursday that he is the unidentified elected official in a lawsuit filed last week in Los Angeles alleging sexual molestation of a teenage girl in 2007, but he vehemently denied the allegations.
“My client is sickened and distraught by these horrific allegations, which are 100%, categorically untrue,” Patricia Glaser, an attorney for Cardenas, said Thursday in a statement.
“We respect victims who have found the strength to come forward and call out misconduct when it has actually occurred, but the type of baseless and reckless allegations that are contained in the complaint against my client can ruin the lives and careers of innocent people,” she said.
Cardenas’ attorney said the woman who filed the suit is the daughter of a “disgruntled former employee” and “may be the victim of manipulation.”
The suit states that the young woman came forward with the allegations because of the #MeToo movement that followed numerous disclosures of sexual harassment by high-profile business leaders and politicians.
Will he resign over this? Will anyone at CNN or MSNBC even cover the story? We’ll see.