NY Dem Apologizes over Video of Sexual Advances Towards Young Girls
Democrat New York Assemblyman José Rivera apologized for a racy video he posted in which he was making sexually suggestive comments about teen girls, focusing his camera lens on their rear ends as they walked by and extolling the sexual benefits of a concoction he called "mamajuana."
Rivera, assemblyman for New York's 78th District, apologized for posting the video to his YouTube account after his vacation in the Dominican Republic. Through a spokesman from his office, the Democrat lawmaker said that he "did not mean to offend anyone, if anyone was offended by the video."
Rivera took the video during a 2005 vacation, but it was only recently spotted by NY1 political commentator Gerson Borrero, who tweeted that the video could "get some folks in trouble."
The video shows Rivera joking about having sex with "young girls" and using a marijuana-laced drink to serve as an aphrodisiac to help him keep up with the teens.
Naturally, as soon as the unwanted attention was paid to it, the assemblyman pulled the offensive film off the video-sharing platform.
The video is in Spanish, but Andrés Duque, who works for a nonprofit group that advocates for Latino LGBT issues, downloaded the video, added English subtitles, and posted it back to Youtube himself.
It features Rivera laughing as he says that the "mamajuana" juice will help make him "strong enough to get laid with all those young ones." Rivera laughs when a street vendor then says in shock, "A child? A little girl?"
Another segment of the video shows Rivera flirting with a teen. “Where do you live? What is your street address? What are your body measures?” Rivera asks.
The video ends with a close-up of the girl's rear end.
Rivera told the Daily News that he was "just joking," and that he was only entering into "lighthearted banter" with the street vendors. He was just having some fun with the locals, he claimed.
Rivera was first elected in 2000 and now serves as Assistant Majority Whip. Last year, he was one of the sponsors of a bill to "sweeten" government employee pensions, the costs totaling $1.311 billion for the state government and $46 million for local governments.