A NEW report claims that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti knew about a top aide's sexual misconduct and laughed it off instead of putting a stop to it.
After a lawsuit filed in July alleged harassment by top Garcetti aide Rick Jacobs, journalist Yashar Ali is now claiming Jacobs harassed him as well.
The July suit was filed by an LAPD officer, Matthew Garza, and alleged that Jacobs would repeatedly make sexual comments and would forcibly hug and touch him while he worked on the mayor's security team from 2014 to 2019.
Ali, in an article published Monday, said that Garza's allegations are familiar to him — because he was harassed by Jacobs as well.
"News of the lawsuit, filed July 13, was a moment that many Garcetti staffers had been dreading: when allegations of sexual misconduct by Jacobs, and the acceptance of it by the major — long an open secret among staff — would be exposed, putting the administration in the crosshairs of a possible investigation," Ali wrote.
"The allegations laid out in Garza's complaint sounded familiar to me because, over the course of a decade, from 2005 through 2015, Jacobs used to forcibly kiss me on the lips when I encountered him through my previous work in politics," he continued.
Jacobs currently serves on the board of directors of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, and reports say the mayor has stood by him in the months after the July allegations.
Ali's story also claimed that at least two other staffers were sexually harassed by Jacobs as well, though his sources only agreed to speak with him anonymously, for fear of retribution from the mayor's office.
In those situations, like in Garza's, Ali alleges that the mayor was aware of Jacobs' behavior — often witnessing the comments being made — and simply laughed it off.
Garza's suit alleged that Mayor Garcetti "took no action to stop the comments from being made or even identify the comments as being inappropriate," according to Fox News.
The officer also alleged that Garcetti would sometimes "laugh at Jacobs' crude comments," according to the Los Angeles Times.
At the time the suit was filed, a spokesperson for Garcetti's office disputed the charges.
"The Mayor has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and unequivocally did not witness the behavior that Officer Garza alleges," a statement said.
Jacobs also denied the allegations in July in an email to The LA Times.
"This lawsuit is a work of pure fiction, and is out of left field," he said.
"Officer Garza and I worked together for many years without incident. I will vigorously defend myself, my character and my reputation."
Neither Garcetti or Jacobs have publicly responded to the allegations made in Ali's report yet.
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