Lawsuit alleges assault by ex-leader of California Democrats

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California Democratic Party staffer has filed a lawsuit against his employer and its former chairman alleging assault, sexual battery and sexual harassment.

William Floyd’s lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges former party chairman Eric Bauman forcibly performed oral sex on him three times between 2016 and 2018. His lawsuit alleges the state party and Los Angeles County Democratic Party were aware of Bauman’s excessive drinking and should have known he was unfit for party leadership.

Bauman resigned as chairman last November amid accusations of heavy drinking and sexual harassment.

Bauman’s attorney Neal Zaslavsky says Bauman denies the allegations.

Acting party chair Alexandra Gallardo Rooker says the allegations “are very serious and deserve a hearing.”

Categories: California News