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California Democratic Party chairman to seek alcohol treatment amid accusations of sexual harassment

The chairman of the California Democratic Party said Wednesday that he intends to seek treatment for alcohol use after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

In a statement to The Los Angeles Times, Eric Bauman declined to address allegations that he made crude remarks and touched colleagues inappropriately.

”I deeply regret if my behavior has caused pain to any of the outstanding individuals with whom I’ve had the privilege to work. I appreciate the courage it took for these individuals to come forward to tell their stories,” he told the newspaper in a statement.

{mosads}“In the interest of allowing the [party’s] independent investigation to move forward, I do not wish to respond to any of the specific allegations. However, I will use the time I am on leave to immediately seek medical intervention to address serious, ongoing health issues and to begin treatment for what I now realize is an issue with alcohol,” he said.

Ten Democratic party staffers and activists described instances to The Lost Angeles Times where Bauman, who has led the state’s Democratic Party since May 2017, made inappropriate comments or gestures.

Allegations against Bauman were first published by The Sacramento Bee. He denied those claims.

Daraka Larimore-Hall, the second vice chairman of the state Democratic Party, has filed paperwork seeking Bauman’s removal as leader.

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