In May of this year, I publicly accused Rep. Carl Trujillo of sexually harassing me while I worked at the State Legislature in 2013 and 2014. The goal of my open letter was to protect other women from Mr. Trujillo’s harassing behaviors by seeing him removed from the Legislature. I asked Mr. Trujillo to resign voluntarily. After he did not, voters of his district removed him from office.
As formal ethics proceedings took hold after my open letter was published, I felt it was most prudent to step back, let the investigation take its course and allow my counsel to advocate for me. But I now feel like I need to use my own voice to help explain what has happened over the past seven months.
Despite allegations from multiple accusers against Mr. Trujillo, some have tried to frame this case as a “he said/she said” matter. My case is more accurately framed as “he said/she said and they said, too.” The Legislature’s subcommittee found probable cause of harassment. My account was corroborated by multiple witnesses, who were interviewed by the Legislature’s investigators and later deposed under oath by Mr. Trujillo’s attorneys.
I was also prepared to testify under oath regarding the sexual harassment that I was subjected to by Mr. Trujillo. I had offered to testify under oath in my first interview with the Legislature’s investigators, but this offer was declined. Instead, I was told that the interview transcript was only for note-taking purposes and then the transcript would be destroyed – that no one else would see the transcript. Months later, I was shocked to learn that the transcript of my supposedly private interview was not only given to Mr. Trujillo’s attorneys upon request, but also posted on the Legislature’s website for all to see.