Fierro said he made a decision to tell Calderon about the incident because of Garcia's outspokenness in the #MeToo movement, which has led to investigations in statehouses nationwide.
Garcia is now under legislative investigation following a complaint that she cornered and groped a staffer after the 2014 legislative softball game.
"Who wants to be that guy that Cristina Garcia is going after?" he told Politico.
A spokesman from Garcia's office, Teala Schaff, said the assemblywoman was told about the complaint on January 23, but learned of details of the allegation in a Politico report.
"He was in shock, I was in shock - but the culture was very different back then, '" said Lerna Shirinian, Mr. Calderon's communications director. The Assembly Rules Committee began its investigation shortly afterward, Politico reported. He's accused her of stroking his back, grabbing his buttocks and trying to grab his crotch in the dugout after a legislative softball game.
Another man also accused Garcia of harassing him, but was only willing to tell his story on the condition of anonymity for concern of retribution.
Garcia has been a prominent advocate for women's rights since her election to to the California State legislature in 2012 and is one of Sacramento's most outspoken voices on gender issues. "At first, I thought it was just to hold her steady", he says - but she kept holding on.
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According to the lobbyist, who fears reprisals from a powerful lawmaker, she tried to grab his crotch and he replied "That ain't gonna happen". She confirmed that she attended the game, but said she has "zero recollection of engaging in inappropriate behavior".
"However", her Friday statement went on, "as I've said before, any claims about sexual harassment must be taken seriously, and I believe elected officials should be held to a higher standard of accountability". "The details of these claims have never been brought to my attention until today".
"Such behavior is inconsistent with my values", she concluded.
She was one of almost 150 women to sign an open letter in October calling out a pervasive culture of sexual harassment at the Capitol and said she herself has been the target of groping and inappropriate remarks by people in the building.
"It will allow them then to call into question so many other people who are champions of the movement", she says. "We're talking about senior lobbyists and lawmakers".
Her photograph also featured prominently in promotional material for the 2017 TIME 'Person of the Year, which was awarded to numerous campaigners who spoke out against sexual harassment in light of revelations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. "I'm proud of this work, and proud of the company I'm in."She finished the note off with "#MeToo" and "#WeSaidEnough".