A Sacramento lobbyist says Assemblyman Matt Dababneh pushed her into a hotel bathroom in Las Vegas last year and masturbated in front of her.
Pamela Lopez named Dababneh at a press conference on Monday, more than six weeks after she first shared the incident as part of a campaign against sexual harassment in California politics. She was joined by Jessica Yas Barker, who said Dababneh harassed her when they worked together in Rep. Brad Sherman’s San Fernando Valley district office.
Lopez reported the incident to the Assembly Rules Committee on Monday morning, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said in a statement that “if it is found that Assemblymember Dababneh committed this assault I will ask for his immediate resignation and move for his expulsion if he refuses to resign.”
Dababneh is “temporarily stepping down” as chair of the Banking and Finance Committee while the investigation proceeds.