WINDSOR, Calif. (KRON) – A rally was held outside Windsor Mayor Dominic Fappoli’s winery Christopher Creek Winery in Healdsburg on Sunday.
Supporters of the women who have come forward accusing Fappoli of sexual assault showed up.
The town of Windsor police are investigating sexual assault allegations against the mayor of Windsor, Dominic Foppoli.
“We’re outraged as a community to have this horrible monster in a position of power and he is still denying the accusations and we want him to know that we’re putting pressure on him as a community,” Organizer Hollie Clausen said. “And we’re not going to stop until he resigns.”
This comes after the San Francisco Chronicle published an article with accounts of five separate occurrences of abuse from incidents dating from 2003 to 2019.
One of the women spoke out Sunday.
Sophia Williams says Foppoli sexually assaulted her in 2006.
“The last 15 years, I felt one way about my story that we were friends, there was drinking, it was a mistake, he probably doesn’t even remember,” Williams said. “To come to hear all these stories and a lot having to do with women being drugged and just recognizing that if that had been the case that my story could have been very different.”>
Williams joined the rally with her family.
“I wanted to bring my kids because we talk a lot about consent and that they don’t have to hug anyone that they don’t want to,” Williams said. “And so I told them just briefly that somebody touched me and I said ‘please stop’ and he didn’t listen and so I ran away and that it’s not O.K.”
In light of the multiple accusations, mayors of eight Sonoma County towns signed a statement demanding Foppoli resign immediately.
Also at the rally, Joe Foppoli — the mayor’s brother — who agrees his brother should step down from office.
“I believe that our elected officials should be held to a higher moral standard,” he said. “For that reason I would believe that Dominic should step down as mayor as Windsor.”
His brother says the Windsor mayor who co-owns the winery has been fired and is not allowed on the property.
“I am in the process of removing him as an owner and all titles and everything else. I’m disgusted, this is my family business that I’ve worked so hard for over the years,” Joe Foppoli said. “I was completely unaware of what was allegedly going on after hours. I’m disgusted by it. I’ve been married for 15 years, I got two teenage children, I want this to be a place where they can come, where families can come.”
Foppoli is fighting back.
“I am completely innocent of the conduct alleged and have not violated any of these women,” Foppoli said.
“I believe anyone who believes they have been victimized should have the opportunity to be heard and I didn’t want to cloud my accusers’ stories with an immediate response and therefore decided to give them time to be heard. But now is the appropriate time for me to address this matter: I am completely innocent of the conduct alleged and have not violated any of these women,” he said.
He said he would not be resigning and that he has done nothing to warrant the attacks from the general public.
“I am far from a person without faults, but I am not a rapist nor have I ever pressured any female to engage in sexual conduct with me,” the mayor said.
Foppoli also said he “didn’t want to cloud my accusers’ stories with an immediate response and therefore decided to give them time to be heard.”
Foppoli closed his statement by saying “I am fighting back and will clear my name.”
In the meantime, the Sonoma County Sheriff launched an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against the Mayor of Windsor.