L.A. Councilman Huizar Admits Affair With Aide, Denies Harassment

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Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said Thursday that he had a “consensual relationship” with the female former staffer who has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him, an affair he said he now “deeply regrets.”

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LA City Councilman Jose Huizar, left, has been sued for alleged harassment by his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, right. (credit: Los Angeles Times)

Huizar, in a prepared statement released by a spokesman, described the allegations made by his former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy as “absolutely false and malicious.”

“More importantly, Francine Godoy’s behavior towards him both before and after these fabricated events will prove that they are not credible,” Huizar spokesman Robert Alaniz said. “The lawsuit fails to mention that Ms. Godoy and the council member had an occasional and consensual relationship, which the council member deeply regrets. He has apologized to his wife and family, and he and his wife are currently working on repairing their marriage.”

The statement was released hours after Godoy filed an eight-page lawsuit alleging that Huizar waged a “campaign of retaliation” against her after she turned down specific requests for “sexual favors.”

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