Attorney John Bartolomei, who is representing several complainants in the Dennis Gabryszak (D) sexual harassment case, released digital evidence which he claims supports his clients allegations. Bartolomei explained that he released the evidence after reading Gabryszak’s “retirement” statement, something the lawyer felt was woefully inadequate as a defense for his actions. In the statement, Gabryszak insisted that the claims were “demonstrably false.”
Via the Times Union:
“After viewing Dennis Gabryszak read his statement and reviewing his comments, my clients and I have concluded that he has not taken responsibility for his actions,” Bartolomei’s letter states. ” … He would have been much wiser to just resign and make no comment.”
Bartolomei argues that the former lawmaker’s actions and comments go well beyond the “mutual banter and exchanges” that Gabryszak’s statement referred to.
“While his resignation itself provides some remedy for his future conduct (at least as an assemblyman),” the lawyer writes, “his statement sends the wrong message to other assemblyman, public officials, employers and employees and men and women in general.”
The attorney released a handful of digital messages from Gabryszak. Aside from the text messages which show him telling a female staffer that he’d like to lick her, and a Facebook exchange in which the lawmaker refers to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis as “Malliocockkiss,” there is this incredibly creepy video which was sent to at least two of the women …
The women have stated this video shows the Assemblyman “either miming or actually engaged in a sex act in a bathroom stall.” After, um … finishing, Gabryszak flushes the toilet and asks, “Is this what you wanted?”
There will no doubt be those who say this isn’t as graphic as the women have stated, but that completely ignores one simple fact – The man sent a video of himself from a bathroom stall.
Gabryszak has also been accused of offering an employee a $100,000/yr position if she moved to western New York to get away from her fiance, told one that “she aroused him sexually,” hung sexually charged photographs in his district office, and lamented the fact that if prostitutes were ever to unionize, he’d never be able to afford their services.
He has been married for 37 years and has two children.