A Connecticut politician was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault after allegedly pinching a woman’s genitals during a political debate.
The Westport Daily Voice reported Christopher von Keyserling, 71, Greenwich Representative Town Meeting (RTM) chair, is accused of carrying out the assault in a town facility hallway on December 8.
The woman said “it was a new world politically” and the well-known Republican responded with, “I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct,” and called her a “lazy, bloodsucking union employee,” according to an arrest warrant. The victim then hurled an expletive word before heading to her office.
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Von Keyserling allegedly walked into the 57-year-old woman’s office and asked for a coworker who was too busy to speak. The victim, who left with the coworker because she felt unsafe, accused Von Keyserling of pinching her on the groin as she walked past him.
“[He] looked back with a really evil look in his eyes and said, ‘It would be your word against mine and nobody will believe you,'” the woman disclosed in the warrant.
News 12 Connecticut reported von Keyserling’s attorney, Phil Russell, dismissed the allegations as overblown:
“Von Keyserling playfully gave a lady who he knew for 30 years a pinch is what the accusation is. And somehow, everybody’s wringing their hands and carrying on that this is a crime, and it just isn’t.”
According to Greenwich Time, police determined office footage doesn’t show where von Keyserling’s hand was located during the incident.
It is unclear whether the politician’s position is at stake amid the allegations. News 12 pointed out that RTM member Christopher Sandys resigned last week after being arrested for possession of child pornography.
The 71-year-old was released on $2,500 bond. His court date is scheduled for January 25.