A female #MeToo champion accused of sexual harassment defended herself by saying “it’s not a crime” to send flirtatious texts earlier this week.
California assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, dodging accusations of sexual harassment from at least two men, said while she has not assaulted anyone, her sending flirty text to people isn’t a big deal in an interview with KQED’s The California Report.
“Have you sent flirty texts? I think most of us have at some point. It’s not a crime. It’s not a crime and it’s something that happens in all kinds of settings,” Garcia said in response to a question on her sending texts.
Two men have accused Garcia of drunkenly trying to grope either their buttocks or their genitals at various events. Another former staffer alleged Garcia forced staffers to play spin the bottle, a charge Garcia heavily denied.
As for the accusations of sexual assault, Garcia claimed she had never physically or sexually assaulted someone in her life.
“I’ve never assaulted anyone physically.Sexual or otherwise. I try to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Similar to how I want to be treated,” Garcia said, adding she believes the charges are an attempt to silence her advocacy.
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