Councilman accused of sexual harassment

Complaint alleging groping incident was filed with city attorney nearly a year ago.

April 17, 2014|By Brittany Levine
  • Former Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver gives a speech at the 2014 State of the City luncheon.
Former Glendale Mayor Dave Weaver gives a speech at the… (Roger Wilson / Staff…)

Lolita Gonzalves used to think of Councilman Dave Weaver as a father figure, but that was before she filed a complaint with Glendale's city attorney alleging that he groped her at a Mexican restaurant last year.

Gonzalves has spoken to Los Angeles County District Attorney officials about the incident and attorneys for Gonzalves and Weaver have been negotiating a settlement to prevent a civil lawsuit. Weaver, who ended his one-year term as mayor last week, had last offered $2,000.

For Gonzalves, who has known Weaver since 2007, that wasn't enough; she wants a written admission and apology for the April 9, 2013 incident. And, according to a letter from her attorney, $10,000.

"This is not about money," she said during an interview, stating that if Weaver did give her money, it would go to her lawyer and her church or charities for battered women and children. "It's about my pride and honor."


Weaver adamantly denies groping Gonzalves, though he acknowledged during a phone interview that they argued at the restaurant. He pushed his hand toward her and told her to go away during the argument, he said, adding that he is unsure where his hand landed since he looked away.

"It's her word against mine," he said, adding that he was entertaining the settlement negotiations so as not to embarrass his family. "If it happened, it was accidental."

Six days after the alleged incident, Weaver would be appointed mayor. His one-year term ended earlier this month.

Misdemeanor investigation

Los Angeles District Attorney officials opened an investigation in spring 2013 into the incident, which took place after a Tuesday evening council meeting.

Prosecutors believed they had enough evidence to file misdemeanor charges, but they did not because Gonzalves told authorities not to proceed, spokeswoman Jane Robison said. Gonzalves said she was confused and thought District Attorney officials had reached a dead end.

Monty Manibog, Gonzalves' attorney, asked investigators to reopen the criminal case in a March 19 letter. Robison said prosecutors do consider reopening an investigation if the alleged victim requests it. Manibog has not received a response to his request.

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