Knight Tied to Sexual Harassment Claim Against Ex-Staffer

Kimberly Railey @KIMBERLYRAILEY

Knight is a freshman Republican.

“Less than two weeks be­fore the gen­er­al elec­tion, al­leg­a­tions of sexu­al har­ass­ment emerged Tues­day against Re­pub­lic­an Dante Acosta,” who “worked in the dis­trict of­fice for Rep. Steve Knight (R) and “has ap­peared on cam­paign mail­ers with” the con­gress­man. “The claims first came to light when loc­al blog SClar­ita.com pub­lished a par­tially re­dac­ted private email from a wo­man who said Acosta, Santa Clar­ita’s may­or pro tem, had ‘pro­posi­tioned’ her last year when they were both in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. The emails were sent by Jen­nifer Van Laar, a loc­al polit­ic­al con­sult­ant who worked for a former op­pon­ent of Acosta’s.” Knight was copied on the email. “In a state­ment re­leased by his cam­paign, Knight said he spoke with Van Laar in June about the al­leg­a­tions.”

At­tor­ney Bry­an Ca­forio (D) “said in a state­ment that the al­leg­a­tions should not be taken lightly and ac­cused Knight of fail­ing ‘his mor­al ob­lig­a­tions.’” (Los Angeles Times)

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