The Democratic mayor of Windsor, California has announced his resignation in the wake of explosive allegations of sexual assault.
The Washington Examiner reports that Mayor Dominic Foppoli stepped down Friday after an investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle unveiled multiple claims of sexual misconduct and assault on the part of the Democratic politician from close to a dozen women.
“An attempt to leverage the situation”
Foppoli, who continues to deny any wrongdoing, has been accused of engaging in unwanted sexual acts with women including Farrah Abraham, a reality TV star who rose to fame on shows including 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom.
Abraham asserts that her encounter with Foppoli took place earlier this year in Palm Beach, Florida — a contention that the civic official disputes.
“I recently learned that a woman in Palm Beach, Florida is accusing me of non-consensual acts while I was visiting there in March of this year,” Foppoli said in response to the claims, according to the Examiner.
“She made her allegations after she learned of the April 8, 2021 San Francisco Chronicle story,” he added. “I have no doubt she is making these allegations in an attempt to leverage the situation to her advantage.”
But Abraham is not alone in leveling claims against Foppoli, as some eight other women have made similar allegations, the Examiner notes.
“Deeply troubling” allegations
Among the other women to accuse Foppoli of misconduct is Rose Fumoso, who worked as an intern at Foppoli’s winery. Fumoso said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle that she was inappropriately touched and forcibly kissed by the now-mayor after being taken to an isolated location following a party that her boss had organized.
Another to come forward is a former campaign volunteer and girlfriend of Foppoli who says that he sexually assaulted her when she tried to break up with him.
Bethany Kristovich, Foppoli’s attorney, spoke positively of her client, telling the Chronicle that he “has a long history of supporting women in his business, personal, and political lives, and the accusation that he has engaged in any of these misdeeds is deeply troubling.”
“Mr. Foppoli prides himself on working to improve life for all of his constituents, and he will continue to maintain the fundamental value of treating everyone with respect,” the lawyer added.
According to reports, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation into the allegations that remains ongoing.