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City Council to discuss Weaver's comments about groping allegations

May 01, 2014|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • Glendale City Council will discuss groping allegations made against current city councilmember Dave Weaver, is currently in out-of-court settlement negotiations with a woman, Lolita Gonzalves. She has accused the councilman of grabbing her breast at a Mexican restaurant last year.
Glendale City Council will discuss groping allegations… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

City Council members are scheduled next week to discuss comments made by one of their own, Dave Weaver, regarding groping allegations.

Weaver is currently in out-of-court settlement negotiations with a woman, Lolita Gonzalves, who has accused the councilman of grabbing her breast at a Mexican restaurant last year. Gonzalves has said she wants a written apology and $10,000. Weaver said he has offered $2,000.

The incident occurred shortly before Weaver became mayor. He ended his one-year mayoral term in early April.

Gonzalves and Weaver were drinking margaritas when they got into a tiff on April 9, 2013, according to a complaint Gonzalves wrote the next day to the city attorney. The two bickered and eventually, Weaver grabbed one of Gonzalves’ breasts, according to the complaint.

Weaver has acknowledged the two argued, but he adamantly denies groping Gonzalves, a Glendale resident and former friend.

During the disagreement, which took place in a second-floor booth, he pushed his hand toward Gonzalves and told her to go away, adding that he may have accidentally touched Gonzalves, but he is unsure where his hand landed because he was looking away.

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Councilman Frank Quintero requested the scheduled discussion after attending a closed-door meeting with others on the dais. Councilman Ara Najarian backed Quintero, providing the necessary support of two council members to put an item on the agenda for the council meeting on Tuesday.

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