The Latest: Lobbyist says Dababneh resignation means little



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh's resignation (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

The lobbyist who accused Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of sexual assault says his resignation means little because he continues to deny the allegation.

Pamela Lopez says she's received an outpouring of support since Monday, when she publicly accused Dababneh of following her into a bar bathroom and masturbating last year.

Dababneh denies the allegation but said Friday he's resigning on Jan. 1.

Lopez says his refusal to apologize makes her worry he will victimize other women. She says "he will abuse his power again."

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4:30 p.m.

California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh is resigning after a lobbyist alleged he sexually assaulted her in a bathroom.

The Los Angeles Democrat says in his resignation letter Friday that the allegation is not true but he no longer believes he can effectively serve his district. He says he'll cooperate with investigators and believes he'll be vindicated.

His resignation is effective Jan. 1.

Dababneh is the second lawmaker to step down following allegations of sexual misconduct. Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra resigned last month.

Lobbyist Pamela Lopez alleged at a news conference Monday that Dababneh pushed her into a single-stall bathroom during a Las Vegas social event and masturbated in front of her while asking her to touch him.

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