Is California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh the #CapitolMasturbator?
Is Assemblyman Matt Dababneh the #CapitolMasturbator referred to by lobbyist Pamela Lopez?
She claimed that a current member of the legislature forced her into a bathroom and proceeded to masturbate in front of her. That legislator is rumored to be a member that terms out in 2026, which would likely implicate someone who was elected to office in 2014.
Before we published the sexual assault allegations concerning Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) right before the CAGOP convention in Anaheim in mid-October, American Children First was also tipped off to Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills).
It was the same-old kind of deal where we get fed stories about rumors, innuendo, and gossip...but nobody really willing to go on the record even as an anonymous source.
The running story was that Dababneh had allegedly engaged in a rough sex session with a female staffer that resulted in her suffering broken ribs. Honestly, we have no idea if this actually happened or if it is some rumor that was started and has become an inside joke in Sacramento.
But it wouldn't be the first time a legislator and a staffer have engaged in some sort of affair. In October we reported allegations that Assemblyman Marc Steinorth (R-Rancho Cucamonga) was having an affair with his chief of staff.
Take a look at this video below. In 2014, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) jokingly refers to the Debabneh episode on the floor of the legislature during taped public comments.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) has said that "Sacramento is our own little Hollywood" in reference to the unfolding Harvey Weinstein sex scandal that has now shaken state legislatures, Congress, and the media.
Before that, Sacramento was often referred to as a "frat house" of sorts and this clip of Gatto "ribbing" Dababneh illustrates that.
At the convention numerous people chatted me up and shared some of the stories and rumors they had heard. The two names that were being mentioned in GOP circles was Raul Bocanegra and Matt Dababneh.
Since then Bocanegra was outed and subsequently resigned from office on November 27.
The Dababneh rumors were a little more murky. It was hard to tell if everyone was recycling speculation that the "broken ribs" story was the story or if the story was going to be about some sort of alleged sexual harassment or assault.
Yesterday, a leftist blogger over at "Down With Tyranny" published a post alleging that not only was Assemblyman Dababneh the individual that masturbated in front of Ms. Lopez, but that the Los Angeles Times was sitting on the story.
From the post:
"The story I got from 4 other state legislators yesterday and today is that he followed a woman into a bathroom, locked the door and pulled out his dick and masturbated in front of her. Supposedly the L.A. Times is sitting on the story and several of the legislators suggested that if I write about it, the L.A. Times will be forced to and he'll resign-- another Climate Change denier flushed away."
It remains to be seen if Dababneh is really the #CapitolMasturbator or whether the LA Times is actually working the story.