Accusations fly in drama involving Bill Lockyer, wife
A Bay Area newspaper reported Thursday that an email appearing to come from the troubled wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer accused him of supplying her with drugs that started her on a downward spiral into addiction.
The treasurer’s spokesman immediately denied the charge, and his wife said her email account had been hacked.
Nadia Lockyer, 40, an Alameda County supervisor, has been at the center of a scandal since she reported that she was assaulted by a former boyfriend at an East Bay hotel in February. She subsequently confessed to a "chemical dependency" and spent some time in a rehabilitation facility.
Her husband’s office said Thursday that the treasurer never gave his wife drugs. "The allegation is a complete crock," spokesman Tom Dresslar said.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that one of its writers received an email purported to be from Nadia Lockyer that said, in part, "Bill bought and gave me drugs years before meeting Steve, then called me crazy when I sought help."
She later told the Mercury News that the ex-boyfriend, Steven Chikhani, had hacked her email account and made the allegation against her husband.
"She did not send that email, her account was hacked, and the part about the drugs was added by the person who hacked into her email," said Ruben Briones, her chief of staff, in an interview Thursday with The Times.
An attorney for Chikhani denied the hacking and assault allegations and said her client is in a residential drug treatment program.
"He has never hacked into any of her accounts," said Adrienne Dell, the attorney. "I think she has issues. I think she is struggling. We’re watching somebody fall apart in the public eye."
--Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York in Sacramento
Photo: State Treasurer Bill Lockyer. Credit: Armando Arorizo / Bloomberg