Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) says that she was sexually harassed on Capitol Hill before taking her seat in Congress.
“[He] kissed me and stuck his tongue in my mouth,” she said in a video posted on YouTube Friday.
Speier recalled that the incident occurred when a former chief of staff forcibly advanced on her during her time as a congressional staffer.
“Many of us in Congress know what it’s like because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long,” she said.
“I know what it’s like to keep these things hidden deep down inside,” Speier added. “I know what it’s like to feel that rush of humiliation and anger.”
Speier then pushed a new #MeTooCongress movement aimed at encouraging current and former Capitol Hill staffers to share their experiences with sexual assault and harassment.
“[It’s to] throw back the curtain on the repulsive behavior that until now has thrived in the dark without consequences,” she said.
Speier confirmed to ABC News that her allegations were directed at Joe Holsinger, who served as chief of staff for former Rep. Leo Ryan (D-CA).
Holsinger was about 50 years old at the time of the incident, she said, and she was in her mid-20s.
The former chief of staff died in 2004, and Speier’s accusations against him are the latest ripple from the #MeToo movement on social media.
Scores of women worldwide are sharing their stories about sexual misconduct that hurt them following several media exposes about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting and harassing them this month, allegations the film mogul denies.
Weinstein has since been fired from the movie production company he co-founded, and several major movie stars have since condemned his alleged behavior.