A 71-year-old politician from Connecticut was charged by police for sexual assault after "jokingly" giving a "little pinch" to a woman's groin area.
Republican Party member Christopher von Keyserling was arrested on Jan. 11 for fourth-degree sexual assault for pinching a Greenwich-based female town employee's groin.
The alleged incident transpired on Dec. 8, following an intense political discussion, in which he informed the anonymous 57-year-old woman that he "loved" not having to be "politically correct."
Von Keyserling, who has been on the board of the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting since 1985, dubbed the woman a "lazy, bloodsucking union employee," according to the Westport Daily Voice.
The two had been discussing the evolving nature of politics before the alleged groping incident took place, the arrest warrant states.
The woman had commented that "it was a new world politically" to which von Keyserling allegedly replied: "I love this new world, I no longer have to be politically correct," the Daily Mail reports.
The local politician and the town employee then entered a co-worker's office but when she walked by him to leave the room, he reportedly pinched her in the groin area.
Angered, the woman responded she would punch von Keyserling the next time he touched a sensitive part of her body, the warrant stated.
The woman said he "looked back with a really evil look in his eyes and said, 'it would be your word against mine and nobody will believe you,'" the warrant states.
Von Keyserling was unaware a surveillance camera had filmed the interaction described to the police by the alleged victim.
The woman pressed charges against von Keyserling on Dec. 16, after learning from other women of similar alleged sexual assault incidents carried out by the politician.
Von Keyserling and his attorney Phil Russell called the "little pinch" a "playful gesture" that was interpreted as a "misunderstanding."
Russell dubbed it a "jocular" interaction and stated his client would be pleading not guilty, the Greenwich Times reports.
"There was a playful gesture, in front of witnesses. It was too trivial to be considered anything of significance." Russell said.
"To call it a sexual assault is not based in reality."