SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Allegations of battery made against a California Assembly candidate have proven to be false, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives say after interviewing several witnesses and reviewing surveillance video, allegations against Phil Graham have proven to be unfounded and the case is being closed.
Niki Burgan filed the report on Sunday, May 20. Burgan alleged that the incident happened on May 14 at the First Street Bar in Encinitas. Burgan said she met Graham and that they engaged in conversation.
Burgan alleged that Graham kissed her against her will and followed her outside before attempting to have her touch him in a sexual manner against her wishes.
The department says it conducted a thorough investigation and disproved the allegations after being assigned to the case on May 21.
10News reached out the Phil Graham and received the following statement:
"Earlier today, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office rejected as unfounded a false claim that had been filed against Assembly candidate Phil Graham.
We appreciate the prompt action of the Sheriff’s Office in thoroughly investigating the claim, and in determining the truth in this matter.
Phil will continue his campaign’s focus on the significant issues that matter to all San Diegans, like lowering taxes, creating jobs, and helping our economy grow. "
When we contacted Niki Burgan she simply said, “No comment...thanks for reaching out.”