A Connecticut politician was arrested and charged with sexual assault after he was caught on camera grabbing a woman with whom he was involved in a disagreement, according to reports.
Christopher von Keyserling, a chair for Republican Representative Town Meeting in Greenwich, encountered the woman in a town facility on Dec. 8, according to the Westport Weston newspaper.
The woman allegedly told him the political arena has been transformed into “a new world,” and he allegedly told her: “I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct.” After the exchange, she told him that if he’s “proud of that I can’t help you.” Then, he described her as a lazy, bloodsucking union employee, according to a police warrant, as reported by Time magazine. Then he followed her and demanded to speak to her co-worker, who refused.
Police said that the first woman then tried to leave and von Keyserling “reached in from behind to place his hand between her legs and pinch her in the groin area.”
Police said the incident was captured on a security camera and is consistent with the woman’s allegations.
The woman told police she initially refused to file a police report, but after von Keyserling had allegedly behaved “in a similar way with other employees,” she decided to do so.
Von Keyserling’s lawyer told the Greenwich Time newspaper: “There was a playful gesture, in front of witnesses. It was too trivial to be considered anything of significance. To call it a sexual assault is not based in reality.”
He was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and is slated to appear in court later this month.