California state lawmaker accused of sexual harassment
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A lobbyist is accusing a California state assemblyman of following her into a bathroom and masturbating in front of her, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.

Sacramento lobbyist Pamela Lopez alleged that Democratic Assemblyman Matt Dababneh sexually harassed her in 2016. Lopez had previously shared her story of being harassed, but had not publicly named Dababneh until Monday, when she filed a complaint with the California State Assembly.

Dababneh’s laywer told The Los Angeles Times “these events did not happen,” though the assemblyman himself did not comment on Monday.

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Dababneh, 36, is unmarried and is one of the youngest representatives in the state legislature, the newspaper reported.

Lopez’s accusation come as several state and federal lawmakers are facing allegations of sexual misconduct. She told the Times that the surge of other women coming forward inspired her to do the same.

Women have come forward in recent weeks to accuse Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenOvernight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Pawlenty departing Wall Street group as campaign rumors swirl Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' MORE (D-Minn.), Reps. John ConyersJohn James ConyersHouse passes landmark bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy on Capitol Hill Wynn Resorts stock price plummets after sexual misconduct report CNN: Judges rarely face discipline for sexual harassment complaints MORE Jr. (D-Mich) and Joe BartonJoe Linus BartonLawmakers unveil landmark overhaul of sexual harassment policies GOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Week ahead: House GOP looks to revamp Energy Department MORE (R-Texas) of inappropriate behavior. 

Lopez’s fellow assemblyman, Raul Bocanegra, resigned last month after six women claimed Bocanegra had sexually harassed them.

An Ohio lawmaker resigned last month after being accused of “inappropriate behavior” with another man.