State Dems pay $800,000 in sex-mis­con­duct cases

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — The Cal­i­for­nia Demo­cratic Party has spent more than $800,000 in le­gal costs tied to three law­suits al­leg­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion and sex­ual mis­con­duct by its for­mer chair, Eric Bau­man.

The Los An­ge­les Times re­ports Satur­day that the party has paid $430,000 in at­tor­ney fees and $378,348 in le­gal set­tle­ments in the three cases.

Bau­man re­signed as party chair­man last year amid mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions of ex­ces­sive drink­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment. He has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

The law­suits al­leged a cul­ture of sex­ual mis­con­duct that was “well-known and ap­par­ently tol­er­ated” by top party of­fi­cials.

The state party said it is at its best when it lives up to its val­ues, and “one of those val­ues is treat­ing peo­ple fairly.”

Two other cases against Bau­man and the party are pend­ing.

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