Julian Davis Faces Another Accuser

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A former law school colleague has leveled an allegation against candidate Julian Davis
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 your attention."

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.

Within 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 someone in a position of unequal power to his."

Read the accuser's e-mail to Davis here.

Read the accuser's e-mail to Wagstaffe here.


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tester
tester

that Davis appears to make some women uncomfortable is more of a reason to feel sorry for him than to attack him, no?

njudah
njudah topcommenter

I really wish the Inner Sunset wasn't gerrymandered in to D5. 

speedo00
speedo00

I actually had a similar experience with Davis in July 2012 - usually I'm skeptical when I read mud-raking sort of articles, but now I'm not surprised. He repeatedly pressured me to sleep with him after an innocuous dinner invitation, and played the guilt card when I wouldn't--he was extremely confident that I DID want to but was playing hard to get even though I said I had a boyfriend. I tried to be subtle that I wasn't interested, but he refused to pay attention to the hints and it was an overall very strange and awkward situation.

 

That being said he seems to be capable and persistent in other regards..so I'm not sure if his womanizing is enough to condemn the entire campaign.

faceme99
faceme99

 Dear "FellstreetBlues":  

As per your comment, "especially from those who would seek to be leaders in politics and society", yes, please continue. We have forgotten in society that there are some that actually do hold up to ethics, right and wrong and notices when their are acts  of aggression.  We need people that recognize we are not just "Leaders of the PAC", but actually can discern victim vs jokes vs good times.  There are people capable of this type of discernment and it is they who should be in office. Did you see the commercial for "Gatorade"during the world series?  It pronounced the idea "pounce, destroy and eat", this is a little weird.   Why put aggressive politics inside of city Hall.  Ask me who to vote for?  It is Thea. non of this stupid stuff. 

George
George

Who knows what is true regarding Julian.

 

But London Breed is known as a Willie Brown puppet. 

 

If Davis or Rizzo don't get in expect a slew of sellout votes from Breed or Olague.

 

With Selby, who knows: she is conservative....

Indypendent2
Indypendent2

....interesting too how the only criteria, rubber stamping, appointed, photo op oppurtunist, London Breed has to have to win votes and support is having been from the District and grew up there. Smh. That's why certain residents in District 5 don't have anything.

I'm still waiting to hear what Ms. " You didn't wipe my ass" Breed specific plan's are for tackling: crime, job creation,small business development, and college prep programs in the Fillmore/Western Addition,etc. 

Closed mouth. Don't get fed.

John
John

I went to Hastings with Davis.

 

I was with Julian Davis in a Business Associations class. The professor was tough and would cold-call. I got chewed out in front of the class one day when I wasn't prepared. When Julian got called on, and wasn't prepared (the second time or third time it had happened) he just got up and walked out  in the middle of class. To me, this just shows what kind of person he is. 

 

I never liked the kid. 

JulianDavis
JulianDavis

Joe,

 

I want to clarify that when you called me yesterday you did not tell me what you were calling about and I did not receive a call back later in the day. I am not going to comment further about anonymous uncorroborated attacks coming from your publication a week before Election Day.

 

Voters I talk to in the streets are intelligent enough to see past the politics of personal destruction. Their concerns are real—a more affordable city, improved public transit and a better climate for small business, to name a few. Your readers would benefit from substantive reporting on these issues and on how the candidates differ on them.

 

Julian Davis

 

 

Tamara
Tamara

I couldn't have said it better myself:

 

"Why would anybody bother with a setup for a candidate that is clearly going to lose anyway?"

 

and via Fell Street Blues:

 

"You know, the ones who get sexually harassed and assaulted because people like Julian Davis think it's ok to force advances on them, and because people like you think it's ok to minimize sexual assault and place this kind of predator in a position of power which requires integrity and good judgement to hold well. Perhaps you should be more careful of your subliminal gender bias showing. And for the love of god, please don't say "Frisco"

 

Yes. for the love of god, please don't say "Frisco".  And don't vote for a sexual predator.

 

Felicia
Felicia

As a 20 year resident of District 5 and someone who knows both London and Julian, the answer is so obvious.  London grew up in our district.  Julian is an entitled rich kid from west Palo Alto.  London has a great track record.  Julian has built his own grave based on 3 sexual harassment cases, two squating incidents in our very own district in which he quite successfully didn't pay rent and in fact ended up getting  paid to leave two different properties, despite the fact that his parents are millionaires.

 

"Those withdrawing their endorsements of Davis since Saturday include Sups. John Avalos, David Campos, and Jane Kim, Assembly member Tom Ammiano, the Bay Guardian, and the Examiner"

 

faceme99
faceme99

Guess you have not met enough people that have such integrity that they belong in city hall.   They exist, they are not rude or suggestive. They have risen above the grueling tests of integrity. These are our leaders and they exist. Just find them yourself. I found one.  Thea Selby has this strength wisdom, integrity and outspoken enough to stand up for the people that are getting aggressed by this so called attitude that "60% are suggestive and rude".  Vote Thea and get the 60% down to a few percent aggressive attitude  and keep the that percent for when you are yelling at yourself in the mirror BEFORE you go to work.

Indypendent2
Indypendent2

HaHa...this is such the obvious " set up" to derail this man's campaign. Timing, is everything. On the other hand too. How dare people turn on the " safe brother" after they let him in their wonder breaded circle. He's a little horny, suggestive and rude. So is 60% of the city. Okay. So that means he can't be an efficient supervisor? Be careful Frisco. Your subliminal racial biases are showing again.

faceme99
faceme99

I have reviewed the candidates, the strength stands behind Thea Selby. I saw this morning that she is recommended by the Guardian with the sheet that one takes to the polls.  Integrity, strength, power and truth first, agressive has no place.  We need people like Thea in our beautiful city hall! 

faceme99
faceme99

Glad people are standing up. Not easy to do.   

reindeer
reindeer

Two peas in a pod. When I was in Wagstaffe's Civ Pro class at UC Hastings in 2009, he made several women uncomfortable by launching into an inappropriate hypothetical discussion of sexual harassment.

 

It was something along the lines of, "What if I were to say, 'You have great breasts?' And then you sued me?"

FellStBlues
FellStBlues

 @speedo00 If womanizing is not enough to condemn the campaign than what about his response to the allegations? Sending a cease and desist letter to intimidate, flat out denying any wrong-doing, even after admitting that he had in the past "made two women feel uncomfortable" with his advances?  It would seem you are at the least number 3, how many more do you think there may be? And though your experience certainly sounds uncomfortable, unpleasant and potentially intimidating, thankfully it sounds as though there was no physical assault as in the previously mentioned allegations. I'm honestly curious, might you feel differently then?

 

The denials seem to be either shameless lies in attempt at damage control or delusional revisions of history. Judging (admittedly superficially) from your experience with Davis as you lay it out here, it would almost seem to be the latter. Either one is unfitting of the office of supervisor, in my opinion. The first would show a serious lack of integrity and judgement as well as a(n) (un)healthy dose of sexism, the second screams potential danger for any female colleague, coworker or acquaintance.

 

As a long-time D5 resident who holds progressive values dear, it honestly saddens me that despite all this very obvious evidence, people continue to support Davis as "the" progressive candidate and would ask others to ignore his egregious missteps for the sake of the "cause" or the "common good". No good can come of this person being put in positions of greater power without coming to terms with his past actions, owning up to them, and making a real change. I have no hate in my heart, only disappointment and concern for womens' issues as a whole and individual women's right to be free of sexual harassment and assault. 

abolishpants
abolishpants

@George How is selby conservative? Her stances all seem pretty progressive..

joe.eskenazi
joe.eskenazi

 @JulianDavis 

 

Julian --Shortly after noon yesterday, I phoned your lawyer and asked him about the letter. Immediately afterward, I called you. You said you were on another call and asked if this was urgent. I replied that you should call me back as soon as you could. You said you would, and I was left with the impression you would phone back when you were off your call.

 

That didn't happen, and I got your voicemail when I called you at 2 p.m. Sadly, you did not call us back before our story went up at 8:30 this morning.

 

This most recent allegation is neither anonymous nor uncorroborated. While the accuser's name is not printed in our article, it was most certainly affixed on the letters she sent to you and your attorney.

 

I agree with you that our readers would benefit from reporting on "a more affordable city, improved public transit, and a better climate for small business." I disagree with you that we aren't reporting on these issues: 

 

http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-10-20/news/let-it-bleed/

 

http://www.sfweekly.com/2012-06-13/news/muni-sfmta-buses-public-transportation-maintenance-accidents/http:/

 

http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-07-25/news/wheelchairs-of-fortune/

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Joe Eskenazi

Indypendent2
Indypendent2

 @Tamara Maybe, with all due respect. You should get your head out the clouds, and accept that many in leadership and political power positions are violators of sex, finance,etc. These are accusations that brought no criminal complaints, and are you.bottomline. Going to take up advocacy against other government officials that may or may not have some sexual indiscreations? And are you, and other sex advocates ever going to question "motive" from so-called "victims". When they appear years after the fact, and didn't first have a criminal complaint on the record if it was such the offense.

If this is Julian Davis. 3rd shift Arby's fry cook. We hear nothing about this. This though is par for the course in "Frisco" politriks. Just look @ the bs Gascon & Lee are trying to pull now, that they lost at their own game against Ross. The man went through the process, and won. What's the problem?

Same here. Julian Davis not convicted of any assualt, not so much as a criminal complaint. The accusations are " she said, he said". Stop with your selective self-righteousness. No one is condoning electing a proven, sexual harrasser. If he was that. And as flaky and dirty as Frisco politriks are, and have been for years. Who knows what to believe.

 

FellStBlues
FellStBlues

 @Indypendent2 Yeah and 50% of the city are females. You know, the ones who get sexually harassed and assaulted because people like Julian Davis think it's ok to force advances on them, and because people like you think it's ok to minimize sexual assault and place this kind of predator in a position of power which requires integrity and good judgement to hold well. Perhaps you should be more careful of your subliminal gender bias showing. And for the love of god, please don't say "Frisco"

food
food

 @Indypendent2 That's just stupid. Why would anybody bother with a setup for a candidate that is clearly going to lose anyway?

FellStBlues
FellStBlues

 @Indypendent2  @Tamara Oh, and one more thing: there were no convictions or criminal complaints expressly because of the culture of victim blaming and slut shaming that you seem to be condoning. Women are taught by society to "not rock the boat", to "put up and shut up" exactly as you have suggested we do concerning the bad behavior of our politician leaders and candidates. Accusations are met with skepticism, with questions such as "well what were you wearing?" and "had you been drinking?", as if there could be conditions in which sexual assault would have been more acceptable. Motives are questioned. And you know, the only way to change this atmosphere and ensure that incidents of sexual harassment and assault DO get reported is to stop accepting and defending this kind of behavior, especially from those who would seek to be leaders in politics and society.

 

Does it make me a hopeless, starry-eyed idealist to believe that if this kind of behavior ceases being condoned and excused away and instead proceeds more and more to be called out and condemned, women will one day break out of a thinly veiled 2nd class citizenship that still persists and our society in general will be a better place? Gee, I sure hope not.

FellStBlues
FellStBlues

 @Indypendent2  @Tamara I think that maybe you meant to reply to me, Tamara was quoting my comment. Yes, I fully realize that "many in leadership and political power positions are violators of sex, finance,etc". Do I "accept" it? No. Because that doesn't make it ok. What I see from your comments is minimizing of sexual misconduct, victim blaming and excusing corruption  because "it happens all the time". Let me be clear: this is exactly how a society and in our very specific case a district does NOT progress. So if by "get my head out of the clouds" you mean sit back, shut up and embrace the leadership of politicians who treat my gender like second class citizens who must bend to their sexual will, then no, I will not. This is a backwards mentality. 

 

Let's examine the root definition of "progressive". "Progressive: Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods". This includes promoting better conditions for the half of the population who happen to have two x chromosomes. The *progressive* cause in San Francisco has the responsibility to foster and support candidates who not just stand for issues like rent control, affordable housing and improved public transportation, but also hold up the basic values of gender equity, respect, and an individual's right to be free from assault. Candidates who are actually leaders, who posses integrity and good, clear-headed judgement. I'm sorry but someone with a well-documented pattern of egregiously inappropriate behavior, someone who shouts "fuck you b*tch" at a fellow student when his aggressive "advances" are rebuffed, clearly does not belong in this category. 

 

There are other progressive candidates running for D5 who promote the aforementioned issues and do not have a record of sexual harassment and childish behavior, they just weren't the "progressive darling" promoted by the current male-centric progressive power in place so they've been somewhat ignored. And if the so-called "progressives" supporting Davis would stop wasting their time trying to deny and defend his behavior and instead got behind these candidates they'd have a better chance of winning.

Indypendent2
Indypendent2

 @FellStBlues  @Tamara EXCUSES! EXCUSES! EXCUSES!. Stop with the suggestion that women are encouraged to turn the other cheek on being fondled and groped because of some bs puritan values, that says protect the abuser. Damn! guess you took the " Back To 1956" pill. What an insult to woman Fell St., and a cheap attempt to get the skirts on your side.

For me the proof of trying to intentionally smear Mr. Davis is in the forcefullness of alot of you who seem personally invested in helping that smear in your posts. Smh.

 

Like i've posed before. Why are these allegations and women coming out now? Seems to no answer to that from the gallery.

Indypendent2
Indypendent2

 @FellStBlues  @Tamara Whatever you personally have experienced as a woman. I cannot dispute. But this is an all too familiar position from women, who deal closely with seemingly acceptable, safe black men. Until the age old threat of his sexual prowess or suggestion comes into play, and it's back to the, "he called me a bitch" and what have you. 

Yet, as disturbing as these allegations are, if true. Where is the criminal complaints? Don't tell me these women were so violated, that they did nothing about it, until they felt their stories were relevent in bringing Mr. Davis down. Now that he's politically moving to "progress" his career. Because that's what it looks like, and there is a racial component to all this. Keep the fancy talk, and law speak.  

 He's obviously a THREAT politically, or else you all would just let him lose, as he was going to do "anyway", as one poster said earlier. Just seems real selective and sudden that this comes out now. And so many are just jumping on it.

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