They are now on the record folks and Bill Brough’s problems are situation critical. Where are all the Republican Leaders in Sacramento???
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 16, 2019
Contact: Patricia Wenskunas (844) 853-4673
BILL BROUGH’S ACCUSERS SPEAK OUT,
CRIME VICTIMS LEADER CALLS FOR RESIGNATION
After being maligned by Brough in a recent email blast, his accusers are coming forward to set the record straight.
(Irvine, CA) – Last month, Assemblyman William “Bill” Brough (R-Dana Point) sent out an email blast to members of the Orange County Republican Party (“OCGOP”) Central Committee in which he maligned individuals who have brought forth credible claims of sexual assault against him. In the email, Brough inexplicably names his accusers in an effort to publicly shame them and discourage other women from speaking out. Up until that email blast, his accusers had explicitly requested to remain anonymous due to their fear of retaliation. The referenced email blast is attached to this release.
In response to the public disclosure of their names, Brough’s accusers have decided to speak out, stand up for themselves, and correct the baseless assertions made in Brough’s emails. They have also learned that a resolution condemning Brough will be introduced at tonight’s Orange County Republican Central Committee Meeting. Patricia Wenskunas, Crime Victims Leader (Founder and CEO, Crime Survivors), is scheduled to speak at the meeting for unrelated purposes but intends on offering her support for such a resolution and calling on Brough to resign immediately.
Joint Statement from Brough’s Accusers
“Bill Brough’s sexual misconduct and predatorial behavior has already caused each of us great pain and anxiety. As if that was not enough, now he is using his position of power to shame and intimidate us. Unfortunately for Bill, his actions have given us more resolve than ever to stand up against his bullying tactics and tell people the truth about his behavior. We are not scared of him and will not be silenced.” – Joint statement by Jenniffer Rodriguez, Heather Baez, and Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett.
Statement from Heather Baez regarding Brough’s email
“I filed a sexual harassment complaint against Bill Brough in 2017. As outlined in my original complaint to the California State Assembly, he made repeated and unwanted advances towards me for years, including inviting me to drinks, dinners, an overnight hotel stay, and an extremely offensive and non-consensual physical contact. Now he suggests my accusations were ‘unfounded and false’ and that my complaint was in some way politically motivated. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, due to the nature of my work, I believed it was in my best interest to remain polite and cordial during that time. However, I now realize that by not speaking up I was giving him the green light to sexually harass other women, and no other woman should have to suffer through what I did.” – Heather Baez
Statement from Jenniffer Rodriguez regarding Brough’s email
“In Bill’s effort to dismiss what he did to me he simply states that we only ‘met once in 2015.’ That is interesting because the first thing he said to me during that ‘one time’ was, ‘I have been watching you for a long time and wondering why you weren’t married.’ He even described a dress he had seen me wearing at a previous event. He then went on to tell me that he was “on the Elections Committee” and could help me out if I went home with him. When I told him that I was insulted and disgusted by his proposition, he sat there and smiled. I immediately called my boss to come help me get out of the situation, which he did, and also recounted the incident to various coworkers and elected officials shortly after it took place.” – Jenniffer Rodriguez
Statement from Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett regarding Brough’s email
“As an elected official, I have willingly signed up for public scrutiny. While Bill’s words about me are hurtful and unfounded, I can take it and have the ability to speak up for myself given the public position of trust I hold. The truly disgraceful part about what Bill is doing is his attacks on women who were simply doing their job and are not in the same position to defend themselves. In regard to Bill’s unhinged email and denials about my claim, he is lying – and I can prove it. I did file a complaint against Bill with the City, there was an investigation, and I am in possession of the final report. Bill concedes as much in his own email when he states that the City Attorney investigated my allegation. He is cracking under pressure and cannot keep his denials straight.” – Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
Statement from Patricia Wenskunas, Crime Victims Leader (Founder and CEO, Crime Survivors)
“Accusations of sexual assault must be taken seriously and handled with respect and sensitivity. Instead, Bill Brough has launched an all-out assault on his numerous and growing list of accusers, even going so far as to publicly identify those who had wished to remain anonymous. Such tactics have a chilling effect on victims of sexual assault and are intended to intimidate them into staying quiet. This type of egregious behavior must not be tolerated or passively condoned – it is despicable. I would be in full support of a resolution against Brough’s pattern of behavior because it is long past time that he is held accountable for his actions and treatment of these women. He should resign immediately.” – Patricia Wenskunas, Crime Victims Leader (Founder and CEO, Crime Survivors).
Blogger’s Note: Who’s with me? Who else will stand up to defend Bill Brough’s Victims???
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