Last month during an interview with Rafael Castellanos on our podcast, Scott Lewis asked him about a case he said he was glad to finally discuss openly. Castellanos is running for city attorney in San Diego, and he said that his rivals were spreading rumors about a sexual harassment allegation he faced. Castellanos said he was happy to clear it up.
The allegations, of course, raised a red flag, after the drama and debacle of Bob Filner’s brief term as mayor.
An attorney from Castellanos’ former firm claimed, among other things, that she had an uncomfortable sexual encounter with him and when she complained about it she was forced out of the firm.
Castellanos replied that her claims were a lie – and that the public record from the case proves it.
“Ultimately, all of those allegations against me were completely discredited,” Castellanos said. (Here’s the full podcast. The discussion about the case begins around the 26-minute mark.)
So is what Castellanos saying true? I set about finding what the case was about and how it ended.
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Be fair to Liam. In the Bob Filner era, every candidate should expect a thorough investigation of their background, especially as it relates to sexual harassment. That's not bias, that's a political reality. Republican candidates already have this information. The question is when it's released, by who, and how. Democrats should be aware of that and have the opportunity to make informed decisions, rather than getting hit with post-election surprises.
"...one should have the benefit of the doubt of being innocent unless proven otherwise.”
What a concept. Now that VOSD is apparently competing with TMZ, we're treated to an in-depth article about a case in which a plaintiff "settles" for a one-month severance. Here's hoping the plaintiff's attorney wasn't foolish enough to take the case on contingency. This "settlement" is otherwise known in legal circles as "here's 10 bucks, now get the blankety-blank out of here."
McFadden's statements under oath "remain on record?" What treacle. The legal system has literally millions of such statements "on record," with the authors of said statements currently residing in prison.
One hopes that the readership of this publication can see through this nonsense. In any event, Mr. Dillon can expect to see VOSD attributed on a campaign hit piece in the not so distant future.
Nicely done, Liam. First class journalism.
The fact is that plaintiff dismissed her case against Mr. Castellanos for no settlement whatsoever. Plaintiffs attorney actually now endorses Mr Castellanos. For me that speaks volumes.