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Garcetti ‘likely knew or should have known’ about alleged harassment, Senate report finds

Stefani Reynolds

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a report on Tuesday that said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) was likely aware of allegations regarding a former senior advisor’s misconduct.

The investigation included 15 witnesses, examinations of 26 depositions and a review of other evidence like texts and emails.

“Grassley’s investigative staff concluded that Garcetti likely knew, or should have known, that his former senior advisor was sexually harassing and making racist remarks toward multiple individuals,” Grassley’s office said in a press release

“These findings contradict Garcetti’s testimony at a nominations hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” the release added.

The report comes after Los Angeles police officer Matt Garza sued the city over allegations that Garcetti’s former chief of staff, Rick Jacobs, made sexual comments to him and sexually harassed him.

Garza, who was also a former bodyguard for the mayor, claimed Garcetti knew about the harassment and took no action to stop it.

Though Grassley’s staff reportedly “made multiple offers to speak with Garcetti,” the mayor’s office did not schedule a discussion with the senator. 

“No new facts were uncovered in this report, and Mayor Garcetti strongly reaffirms the simple truth that he never witnessed or was made aware of sexual harassment,” Dae Levine, chief communications officer for the city of Los Angeles, said in a statement. Levine added that the report was “based solely on false, repackaged allegations that have been proven false by multiple unbiased investigations and reviews.” 

Garcetti also disagreed with the report’s finding and looked toward the future of his nomination. 

“While I strongly disagree with the opinion reached in this report, I am pleased that Senator Grassley has lifted his hold, and hope that my nomination by the President can be considered by the Senate soon,” the mayor said. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.

An earlier report, which was commissioned by the city of Los Angeles, cleared Garcetti of those allegations in January before his nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to India advanced. 

But both Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) put a hold on Garcetti’s nomination amid the claims.

—Updated Wednesday at 12:09 p.m.

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