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The Latest: Ex-California lawmaker denies sexual misconduct

January 17, 2019
FILE - This Aug. 15, 2016 file photo shows then-Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A California state Assembly investigation says the former lawmaker made unwanted sexual advances before he resigned in 2017. A report released Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, says an outside investigator upheld complaints that Ridley-Thomas kissed a woman against her will and later called her several times. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Assembly’s harassment report (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

A former California state lawmaker is denying that he made unwanted sexual advances before he resigned in 2017.

A state Assembly investigation made public Wednesday says an outside investigator upheld complaints that Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kissed a woman against her will and later called her several times. It says he likely held another employee’s hand and repeatedly winked at her.

Ridley-Thomas resigned in December 2017, citing unspecified health issues that he said forced five surgeries. The investigation says the unwanted advances were in 2016.

Attorney Nancy Sheehan says Ridley-Thomas presented evidence refuting each complaint during what she termed an unfair investigation and “continues to strongly deny the claims.”

The report is the latest to roil the state Legislature. Three other lawmakers resigned a year ago over harassment complaints

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4:04 p.m.

A California state Assembly investigation says a former lawmaker made unwanted sexual advances before he resigned in 2017.

Wednesday’s report says an outside investigator upheld complaints that Sebastian Ridley-Thomas kissed a woman against her will, held her hand, then called her several times. It also substantiated complaints that he held another employee’s hand and repeatedly winked at her in ways that made her feel uncomfortable.

Ridley-Thomas resigned in December 2017, citing health issues that he said forced five surgeries.

The investigation says the unwanted advances were in 2016. Ridley-Thomas did not immediately respond to a request for comment through the office of his father, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The report is the latest to roil the state Legislature. Three other lawmakers resigned a year ago over harassment complaints.

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