Former Pelosi aide accused of sexual abuse by former Senate aide

Former Pelosi aide accused of sexual abuse by former Senate aide

A former Senate staffer has made allegations that she was sexually abused by a former staffer of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Democrat, California).

A police report issued by the San Francisco Chronicle Details on Zahra Hajee’s allegations against Kevin Ortiz.

Hajee, a former staffer for San Francisco City Councilman Rafael Mandelman who also worked for Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), alleges Ortiz sexually assaulted her in March and April 2021.

Ortiz denies the allegations and says through his lawyers that the encounters were consensual. Ortiz is co-president of the Latinx Democratic Club and was working for Pelosi when he met Hajee in early 2021. Although he continues to serve as president of the political club, Ortiz left the Democratic leader’s office in 2022. To support his claims that the relationship was mutual, the former Pelosi aide provided screenshots of text messages showing Hajee repeatedly requesting a meeting with Ortiz.

This is not the first time Ortiz has been accused of inappropriate behavior. The outlet reported that a second woman claimed Ortiz sexually harassed her in 2019. She refused to reveal her identity or file a police report.

Ortiz also denied her allegations and said the encounter was consensual. He sent her a cease and desist letter, which he also did with Hajee.

In response to the Washington Examiner When asked for comment, a spokesman for Pelosi said the former House speaker’s office does not comment on confidential personnel matters.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a fireside chat with U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Claire Cronin in 2024. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Ortiz is one of several Democrats in San Francisco who have been accused of inappropriate behavior in recent months.

Jon Jacobo, who is reportedly active in the same political circles as Ortiz, is accused of raping Sasha Perigo. Ortiz has defended Jacobo against the Bay Area affordable housing advocate’s allegations by sending Perigo a cease and desist letter.

The Democratic County Central Committee, which runs the city’s local Democratic Party, has been embroiled in a number of scandals, with members like Michela Alioto-Pier criticized for supporting people accused of sexual abuse.


As the allegations rock Democrats in San Francisco, the DCCC has announced an initiative to create new standards of conduct for party clubs and members.

The Washington Examiner has reached out to the DCCC for comment.