ALBANY – Accused intercourse abuser Assemblyman Juan Ardila (D-Queens) is emphatically denying allegations of sexual misconduct by two ladies after beforehand suggesting he was not disputing their claims.
“I didn’t sexually abuse anybody or have interaction in any sexual assault,” Ardila stated in an announcement following the discharge of a 38-page report he commissioned into the allegations.
The 2 ladies are sticking to their tales that Ardila touched them with out consent at a 2015 social gathering with one of many ladies claiming he uncovered himself as nicely, in accordance with the Day by day Information.
However a report that features his facet of the story, offers the freshman legislator much-needed ammunition in his ongoing battle for political survival two months after he responded to the allegations with a collection of conflicting statements – after which silence.
“I develop extra disgusted by Juan Ardila each single day. Juan’s current feedback and his self-funded, ‘unbiased report’ proceed to reveal his utter lack of regret and his pathological hatred towards ladies,” New York Metropolis Councilwoman Julie Gained (D-Queens), who’s among the many elected officers calling on the state rep to resign.
“Juan Ardila should cease holding our neighborhood’s Meeting seat hostage in his delusional want for energy.”
Claiming that Gained has a political vendetta towards him, Ardila initially stated he didn’t “even know what that is” when first contacted by the Queens Chronicle earlier than the native newspaper revealed the ladies’s claims on March 13.
The self-described progressive then took a contrite method to the allegations in a March 14 assertion.
“I make no excuse for my previous conduct and have spent a substantial amount of time rigorously reflecting on this. My obligation proper now could be to hear and respect those that come ahead, to not debate the information,” he stated.
Now he claims the time for arguing has begun now that two months have handed when he refused to elaborate in any way on the claims, together with in a one-sided interview with the New York Put up in mid-April.
The report ready for Ardila, who claims he paid for it with private funds, by the regulation agency Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney doesn’t conclude that he didn’t inappropriately contact both of the ladies whereas questioning their credibility.
Buchanan interviewed a number of individuals who have been current on the 2015 gathering of roughly 20 folks with a few of them recalling seeing Ardila or the 2 ladies – neither of whom has been publicly recognized – after the alleged incidents occurred with no outward signal that something had gone mistaken.
However none of these witnesses say they noticed Ardila work together with both lady, leaving the reality of the matter as much as the competing claims of two ladies towards an embattled legislator with an ever-changing method to explaining what occurred that evening.
Ardila claims he kissed each ladies that evening however insisted it was consensual but a number of particulars within the report seemingly recommend the ladies exaggerated the incidents, invited sexual consideration or in any other case misinterpreted the incident regardless of claims on the contrary.
This consists of Ardila’s declare that the primary lady wore a “Playboy bunny costume” to the social gathering and “didn’t appear drunk” whereas they interacted along with her.
“Mr. Ardila believed that [her] request … was an invite for extra intimate contact, however a buddy of the girl then ‘c—kblocked’ him, remembers a staffer,” in accordance with the report.
Ardila additionally claimed that his kiss with the second lady was consensual as a result of there was “positively some chemistry between them” whereas denying that he uncovered himself.
The beleaguered state rep stated that the one motive he didn’t deny the allegations from the get-go was dangerous recommendation from former political allies just like the Working Households Social gathering, which is now calling for resignation.
“This despicable report, taking again his modicum of accountability and additional harming the ladies *he admitted have been victims of his conduct* exhibits what many people knew to be true three months in the past,” Erica Vladimer, co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group established by former legislative staffers, tweeted following the report’s launch Monday night.
“He can’t be trusted, will do something to carry on to energy, and isn’t match to carry workplace.”