Labor Leader Mickey Kasparian Accused Of Sexual Assault In New Suit

Friday, December 15, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin
Photo by Milan Kovacevic
Above: Mickey Kasparian, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135, at election night party for mayoral candidate David Alvarez at Public Market, 1735 National Ave., February 11, 2014.

New sexual misconduct allegations have surfaced against San Diego labor leader Mickey Kasparian, who is now accused of sexual assault.

Kasparian was ousted as head of the regional Labor Council earlier this year, after a female employee accused him of forcing her into a sexual relationship. This time, a 31-year old county government employee is suing Kasparian for allegedly pinning her down on a sofa and groping her.

Kasparian denied the allegations in a statement to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Let me be crystal clear, without any equivocation whatsoever — all of these accusations are categorically and completely false,” he wrote.

Union-Tribune politics reporter Joshua Stewart joins KPBS Midday Edition on Friday with more on how this new allegation could impact Kasparian's political influence.