On Wednesday, a Republican politician who is a resident of Connecticut was apprehended after pinching the genitals of a female employee.
Christopher Von Keyserling has been a member of the Greenwich Representative Meeting board since 1985.
On Wednesday, von Keyserling, 71, was taken in to custody in Greenwich Town Hall. He was only charged with a misdemeanor, fourth-degree sexual assault. However, he was released on a low set bond of $2,500 and will return to court on January 25th.
In December 2016, a 57-year-old woman ran in to von Keyserling in the hallway and the two had a short dispute on politics. Following the argument he remarked:
“I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct.”
He claims to love this so-called new world because the President-elect Donald Trump has already made it clear that he has no problem grabbing a female without her consent. It is absolutely disgusting and stomach churning to think for a second that someone like Trump, who will allow women to be disrespected in such a way, will soon be the leader of the United States.
The woman attempted to leave the conversation but as she turned to walk away, von Keyserling reaching from the back stuck his hand in the middle of her legs, pinched her genitals, and like a dog remarked:
“it would be your word against mine and nobody will believe you.”
Von Keyserling’s lawyer reported to Greenwich Time that the charges were the aftermath of a playful moment with a woman.
Last I knew, if someone is walking away that means they were clearly finished dealing with the situation and want no further part in it. Apparently, Republicans need to learn how to read body language.
Phil Russell, the lawyer said:
“In almost 30 years of practicing law in this town, I would say Mr. von Keyserling is the one person I would never suspect of having any inappropriate sexual predilections.”
The last thing that sexual assault should ever be considered is playful or funny. This next statement by Russell is mind-blowing:
“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.”
Russell needs to recheck his law books and look up the definition again because the incident that occurred in the hallway between von Keyserling and that women is without a doubt sexual assault. Sexual assault is considered as any physical, sexually directed contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim.
Russell saying that this incident was not an act of sexual assault comes as no surprise. The same was said by GOP Senator Jeff Sessions in response to Donald Trump bragging about grabbing a woman by the pussy in the 2005 tape that was leaked.
According to the police the woman’s claims match up to the surveillance videos from the day the incident occurred.
If the recordings match up to the woman’s allegations then it must have been very clear that she was attempting to leave the situation and in no way desired Von Keyserling to fondle her genitalia.
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