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Former aide: State senator played dress-up in front of me


A young former legislative assistant to Florida state Sen. Maria Sachs has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the senator in which he claims she routinely undressed fully in front of him in her office.

Matthew Damsky, 28, of Boca Raton, filed his complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in late May or early June, according to several sources familiar with the sealed document.

In it, Damsky said that his boss of about one year, who is known in Tallahassee for numerous changes of clothes during the workday, showed off her nude body while they were alone in her offices while she switched outfits.

Sachs, who represents large chunks of Broward and Palm Beach counties, said Damsky is the one under investigation, for “crimes against her and the state of Florida.”

“I don’t want to comment about any of this stuff, especially since there’s an active criminal investigation involving the FBI,” said Sachs, 67. “But I can confirm they are investigating Matthew Damsky, and that makes me sad.”

Another state legislator familiar with the investigation who asked not to be named in this article said Damsky is accused of using Sachs’ personal credit card for his own purposes in addition to making Sachs’ travel arrangements.

Gossip Extra reached out to Damsky for comment and heard from his attorney, Miami-based Jonathan Etra.

“We stand by the allegations in the EEOC complaint,” Etra said, adding that he couldn’t comment about any criminal case.

A Democrat, Sachs is the wife of high-profile West Palm Beach attorney Peter Sachs. She started serving as a state representative in 2006 and became a senator in 2010. She announced last month she isn’t running for reelection and wants to focus on a nonprofit, the Coalition Against Human Trafficking.