A law school colleague of Julian Davis is claiming that she was the victim of an unwanted physical advance by the District 5 supervisoral candidate in late 2010, and is urging him to drop out of the race.
Earlier this month, SF Weekly reported the claim of Kay Vasilyeva, a staffer on Supervisor Chris Daly's re-election campaign, who alleges Davis in 2006 touched her beneath her clothes. Davis denied that charge, and instructed his attorney, James Wagstaffe, to send Vasilyeva a cease-and-desist letter.
Progressive Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos subsequently withdrew their endorsements of Davis, citing the cease-and-desist letter. The San Francisco Bay Guardian followed suit, claiming it "corroborated that Julian hasn't been honest about what happened or how he dealt with it." The Guardian requested Davis drop out of the race. He has not, describing Vasilyeva's claim as "completely false."
On Oct. 17, however, Davis received an e-mail from his former UC Hastings colleague. Two days later, she sent a similar e-mail to Wagstaffe, her former professor.
While she affixed her name to both correspondences, she has
requested her identity not be used in print due to fear of personal and
professional retribution from parties other than Davis or Wagstaffe.
The accuser tells SF Weekly
that, following a Hastings-related party in late 2010, she shared a cab
ride home with Davis, who lived in the same neighborhood as her. She
claims Davis repeatedly told the cab driver to make only one stop -- at
his or her place -- and not two. She claims she rebuffed Davis' verbal
advances, leading to an alleged physical advance. "Davis grabbed my face
and wrenched my neck towards him as he tried to force me to kiss him.
He simultaneously put his hand on my thigh," she wrote to Wagstaffe.
"None of this contact was welcome, and I clearly articulated the word
'no' more than once. The cab driver asked if I was 'OK' a number of
times." When the cab pulled up in front of Davis' residence, she claims,
he asked her inside. She declined. She alleges Davis then gave her the
middle finger and shouted, "Fuck you, bitch!"
She claims Davis
subsequently apologized for making her uncomfortable, but "I stopped
talking to him." She says she informed her law school colleagues about
the incident -- and four of them have confirmed to SF Weekly that, at the
time, the accuser did tell them of this alleged encounter. The accuser
wrote to Wagstaffe that she didn't report Davis to the police or
Hastings administrators so as "not to rock the proverbial law school
'boat,' ... I have no political motive in bringing this incident to
Reached for comment, Wagstaffe said he is "not
really at liberty" to discuss the letter he received. Reached on his
cell phone early Tuesday afternoon, Davis said he'd call SF Weekly back. As
of press time, he has not, and our subsequent call has not been returned.
her letter to Davis, the accuser states: "I was dismayed to read about
the allegations made against you involving sexual impropriety. Dismayed
because, given your aggressive acts toward me in that cab two years ago,
this kind of behavior is clearly a pattern for you."
Within her letter
to Wagstaffe, she added "I, and a number of other students, feel that
you should be fully aware of the interests you are representing. If
Julian Davis was willing to do this to a fellow law student quite
recently, I am concerned about the potential damage he could do to