Jean Kim, a lobbyist who final week accused present mayoral candidate Scott Stringer of sexual abuse and harassment, has now filed a civil rights criticism with the New York Lawyer Basic’s workplace.
Patricia Pastor, the lawyer who’s representing Kim, stated she filed the criticism with the AG’s civil rights bureau early Tuesday morning. Kim has alleged that 20 years in the past town comptroller forcibly touched and kissed her, in addition to repeatedly propositioned her when she labored as a volunteer on his 2001 public advocate marketing campaign.
Stringer has vociferously denied the accusations.
A number of public officers, together with Mayor Invoice de Blasio, have referred to as for a swift investigation given the approaching major, which is now seven weeks away.
However it’s unclear which company can conduct such an investigation. The statute of limitations on the alleged crime prevents Kim from submitting a felony criticism.
Pastor stated town’s Division of Investigation had declined to tackle the case.
“We’re bringing this to the AG as a result of the AG’s function is to analyze wrongdoing by officers,” she informed Gothamist. “That is about what’s finest for the folks of town and state of New York. Ought to they’ve a New York Metropolis comptroller who allegedly dedicated these acts? Ought to they’ve a mayor on this place?”
An individual who works within the workplace for Letitia James, the state lawyer common, acknowledged receipt of the criticism and stated it was beneath assessment.
Based on Pastor, Kim stated she informed her now-fiancé eight years in the past in regards to the alleged incidents. She has maintained she by no means went public together with her story till now due to concern of retribution from Stringer. She has labored as a political advisor and lobbyist over time, however stated she is at the moment transitioning out of the sector.
Stringer is among the many high 5 mayoral candidates in polls. Previous to the allegations, he had acquired a string of endorsements. Nonetheless, lots of his supporters, together with the Working Households Social gathering, and a progressive flank of lawmakers have since withdrawn their backing.
4 rival mayoral candidates—Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales, and Maya Wiley—have referred to as on Stringer to bow out of the race.
In response to information of the civil rights criticism, Tryone Stevens, a spokesperson for Stringer, issued the next assertion, “We welcome examination of this false allegation by any impartial third get together, whether or not that be a authorities company or journalist.”
Stringer has stated a number of instances that girls need to have their sexual misconduct accusations be heard, however his marketing campaign has nonetheless sought to undermine Kim’s credibility.
On Friday, Stevens issued an announcement accusing her of working for Andrew Yang, one other candidate within the race.
Kim denied any such connection.
“I don’t work and have by no means labored for the Andrew Yang marketing campaign,” she stated, in an announcement. “I’ve by no means met him, and I’ve not determined who my selection is for mayor of New York Metropolis.”