State treasurer's wife admits she accused him of supplying drugs
The wife of California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer admitted in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News that it was she -- and not an ex-boyfriend who she alleged hacked into her email -- who accused her husband of supplying the drugs that kicked off an ugly sex and narcotics scandal.
Nadia Lockyer had sent an email, later released publicly, alleging that Lockyer provided the substance that started a painfully public passage through recovery. The state treasurer's office categorically denied the charge. Nadia Lockyer contended that a former lover she accused of assaulting her in a Northern California hotel had hacked into her email to make that assertion.
In the interview with the San Jose Mercury News late last week, Nadia Lockyer, 41, backpedaled. "It did come from me and I made the mistake of regretting sending it," she told the Mercury News. "I ask the public not to hold anything against my husband for actions that happened a long time ago."
She also alleged that her husband, during an argument in February, told her to "go ahead and commit suicide," which is what led her to the hotel where she alleged she was assaulted.
Tom Dresslar, a spokesman for Lockyer, said the drug allegations were "100% false. It was false when we didn't know who said it and it's still bs."
He added that the night of the purported suicide remark, "both of them -- stress on both -- said hurtful things they both regret."
Bill Lockyer, 70, is a titan of state Democratic politics and a former state attorney general. His wife is an attorney who recently resigned from her seat on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.
-- Nicholas Riccardi