Woman drops sexual battery lawsuit against Rep. Cardenas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who alleged that U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas molested her when she was 16 years old has dropped her lawsuit.

Twenty-eight-year-old Angela Villela Chavez of Lancaster dropped the suit on Wednesday. A Los Angeles judge dismissed it with prejudice, meaning she can’t refile it.

Attorneys say Chavez won’t receive any money and Cardenas agreed not to sue her for malicious prosecution or to recover his legal costs.

The sexual battery suit alleged that the Los Angeles Democrat fondled Chavez in 2007 when she was 16 and he was an L.A. city councilman. Chavez says she was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement and by her own recent pregnancy.

Cardenas firmly denied the allegations and said in a Wednesday statement: “the truth prevailed.”

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