L.A. Politician Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Girl Can Be Named In Lawsuit, Judge Rules

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A judge has ruled that attorneys can name a Los Angeles politician accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in a recent lawsuit.

San Fernando Valley Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
San Fernando Valley Democratic Rep. Tony Cárdenas is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

The decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Sotelo also allows attorneys to serve the suit against the politician, who has been identified in court papers only as John Doe.

U.S. Rep Tony Cárdenas (D-Los Angeles) identified himself as the target of the lawsuit earlier this month. His attorney called the allegations “100%, categorically untrue.”

The lawsuit, filed last month, alleges that in January 2007, an elected official gave the teenage girl a cup of water with a “peculiar taste” while they were golfing at a Los Angeles country club, then later sexually assaulted her in a car after she had collapsed.

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