A senior adviser to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has “stepped away” from that function following new allegations that he forcibly kissed well-known freelance journalist Yashar Ali.
Garcetti and his accused adviser, Rick Jacobs, each introduced the transfer in separate Tuesday night time statements after Ali lodged the allegations in a Monday newsletter post.
“For the previous seventeen years, I’ve devoted myself to advocacy and public service. I don’t want this to be a distraction,” Jacobs mentioned.
“Subsequently, I’ll take a depart from my non-profit work and my volunteer political work with the Mayor,” he mentioned.
Ali, whose work has appeared in New York Journal and the Huffington Publish, mentioned the alleged sexual misconduct by Jacobs occurred between 2005 and 2015 when he attended no less than a half-dozen dinners at Jacobs’ dwelling.
“The incidents the place Jacobs would forcibly kiss me all the time occurred in entrance of others and at political and social features,” Ali wrote within the first-person piece. “Jacobs would seize my face and kiss me on the lips — all the time twice — and he would flip to different individuals who witnessed it and say, ‘He has the softest lips.’”
He additionally alleged he’s seen Jacobs topic others to “forcible kissing, grabbing and sexually express feedback” at occasions through the years.
Garcetti, in his personal assertion, mentioned, “I take critically all allegations of harassment.” The mayor added that Jacobs “has stepped away from his non-profit and volunteer political work.”
Jacobs sits on the board of administrators of the nonprofit Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, which raises cash for Garcetti-supported causes.
Earlier than performing as Garcetti’s adviser, he had served because the mayor’s deputy chief of workers and government vice mayor.
Ali, who additionally labored as present California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s deputy chief of workers when Newsom was the San Francisco mayor, is the second particular person to accuse Jacobs of sexual misconduct.
In July, Matthew Garza, a former Los Angeles police officer, filed go well with towards the town, claiming Jacobs sexually harassed him for years whereas engaged on the mayor’s safety element.