Lawsuit: Carlos Bustamante Kept Baby Wipes In Desk For Sexual Harassment Emissions
Before there was your disgusting Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who can't keep his tongue in his mouth when women are present, we had Carlos Bustamante in Orange County.
Bustamante, a former Republican Santa Ana city councilman and at one point the great (hilariously wishful) hope to save the Orange County Republican Party from itself with Latino voters, liked to masturbate in front of a female employee in his day job as a county public work's department manager.
At least, that is one of the numerous criminal charges Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, also a Republican, filed last year against Bustamante, who adamantly denies any wrongdoing.
Now comes Jane Doe, who this month filed a sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit against Bustamante in Orange County Superior Court.
Doe, who is represented by attorney Rosemary Amezcua-Moll, claims that she began working as Bustamante's government secretary in April 2010 and quickly discovered his desire to ignite an unwelcomed sexual affair, according to the 38-page lawsuit.
Doe claims the her boss repeatedly insisted on sharing with her the details of a romantic dream he had about her, ordered her into his office and behind a locked door initiated a hug, and caressed her thigh while he was driving her to a county leadership breakfast at the Irvine Marriott.
In another alleged incident behind locked doors, Doe asserts that Bustamante trapped her in the corner of his office, grabbed her buttock, planted his tongue on her lips, squeezed her right breast and pushed his erection into her body, according to the lawsuit.
Later, when the secretary stood at a machine making copies, she claims Bustamante walked up from behind and pulled her underwear.
A sixth and seventh alleged harassment incident occurred when Bustamante slapped her on the buttock and later tried to kiss her in an elevator.
Doe also claims that Bustamante asked her "what size bra she wore, explaining that he was considering getting breast implants for his wife, so he wanted to suggest that his wife get [her] size."
The lawsuit further states, "Bustamante also talked to plaintiff about sex, trying to justify that having sex with other women was not being unfaithful to his wife, because it was not bad, it was pleasure . . . Bustamante asked plaintiff many times to have sex with him."
Among Doe's other assertions in the lawsuit:
--She learned about several of Bustamante's sexual affairs;
--He bragged about his powerful political and law enforcement connections, including with former Santa Ana police chief Paul Walters;
--He kept baby wipes in his office drawer to clean himself after emissions;
--He wanted to know if she liked to watch porno movies before sex with her husband;
--She feared that county bosses would try to protect Bustamante by smearing her if she complained.
Doe's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from Bustamante and the County, in part, because she claims her boss bragged that former CEO Tom Mauk was so unconcerned about office sex that he just wanted doors to be left open for voyeuristic reasons.
The case has been assigned to seasoned Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald Bauer.
Neither defendant has responded to the complaint.
The DA's office, which filed a slew of charges against Bustamante, will make its next move in the criminal case at a scheduled October pretrial hearing.