Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park, has been ordered to stay away from his wife via a temporary restraining order.
Currently embroiled in divorce proceedings with his wife, Baldwin Park City Council member Susan Rubio, Hernández has been ordered to not get within 100 yards of her.
Petitioner has a long history of physical, emotional and psychological abuse of me.
Declaration of Susan Rubio, wife of Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park
A declaration form Rubio filed seeking the restraining order says that Hernández had displayed “a long history of physical, emotional and psychological abuse” including pushing, striking and choking her and having “pulled me by the hair, wrapped a belt around my neck and destroyed many of my personal belongings.”
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Most recently, Rubio said, Hernández “became enraged” after a divorce-related court hearing and began shouting and making “threatening statements” that made her fear more reprisals given Hernández’s history of “extreme physical violence as has occurred many times in the past.”
Hernández’s attorney, former Assemblyman Steve Fox, disputed that account. He said the allegations had no merit and suggested Rubio’s filing was politically motivated.
“She knows the game,” Fox said of Rubio. “She knows Roger’s running for office. Bottom line, he did absolutely nothing. He was a perfect gentleman.”
And late Friday, Hernandez issued a statement: “My wife and I are nearing the completion of a 16 month divorce case. And despite all of the tensions that arise in any difficult situation and negotiation, at no time prior to today has there ever been a suggestion that she would need a restraining order. In fact, just minutes before this alleged incident, we were both in front of a judge with our lawyers and this issue was never raised.”
It is not the first time Hernández has been accused of violence against women. In 2012 a woman who said she had dated Hernández accused him of striking her with a belt and slamming her against a wall. Hernández denied those allegations and never faced charges, with prosecutors concluding they did not have enough evidence to act.
The latest allegation could complicate Hernández’s political aspirations. He is termed out of the Assembly this year and is seeking to move up to Congress by unseating Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk. On Friday he emailed that he would cancel a campaign event scheduled for Saturday.
In Sacramento, Hernández stirred protest when he ordered the removal of another lawmaker’s microphone.