A Glendale city councilman has agreed to pay $2,000 and write a letter of apology to settle a claim that he groped a woman's breast last year.
Councilman Dave Weaver was accused of groping the woman's breast while having drinks at a Mexican restaurant after a council meeting. Weaver, though, contends that whatever contact occurred between him and the woman, Lolita Gonzalves, was accidental, something he reiterated in his three-sentence apology.
"Please accept my apology for the incident of April 9, 2013. In my view what occurred was an accident and unintentional," he wrote. "In any event, I certainly meant no harm and am sorry if it caused you any discomfort."
Weaver and Gonzalves had been friends for years, often meeting over drinks and dinner to discuss personal and business matters, according to her complaint filed with the city attorney's office.
On the day of the incident, about one week before Weaver was to begin his one-year term as mayor, the two were drinking margaritas in a booth at Joselito's Mexican Food in Montrose, the complaint said.
The two then started bickering about Gonzalves putting her jacket on her lap. Weaver told her she didn't have to cover her stomach and then grabbed her right breast, according to the complaint.
Weaver said he doesn't remember the jacket incident and denied the groping. Rather, he said he was angry and pushed her, not realizing where his hands landed.
Weaver was publicly reprimanded last month by his council colleagues, who recommended he attend sexual-harassment training.
During the reprimand, they also noted Weaver's acknowledgment that he used vulgar language in front of a city employee, a violation of Glendale's sexual-harassment policy.