NEW YORK — The lady accusing mayoral candidate Scott Stringer of sexual assault and harassment filed a proper complaint Tuesday with the workplace of state Legal professional Basic Tish James.
Jean Kim has stated Stringer repeatedly groped and kissed her with out her consent when she was a volunteer on one of his campaigns 20 years in the past.
“Jean Kim, via her lawyer, has filed this morning a proper complaint with the New York State Workplace of the Legal professional Basic (OAG) alleging Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment by Scott Stringer whereas he was a New York State Assemblyman working for the workplace of Public Advocate,” stated an announcement from her lawyer, Patricia Pastor.
“Jean will take part totally with the OAG in any investigation it conducts into this matter.”
Stringer, the town comptroller, has seen an exodus of assist since Kim got here ahead with the misconduct allegations final week. The Working Households Celebration and most of the elected officers who backed him have rescinded their endorsements, however Stringer has denied the allegations and vowed to remain within the race. He acquired the backing of Teamsters Native 237 Monday — an indication that he nonetheless has some loyal assist constructed up over his many years as a metropolis politician.
“We welcome examination of this false allegation by any unbiased third social gathering, whether or not that be a authorities company or journalist,” stated Stringer spokesperson Tyrone Stevens.
The AG’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. The workplace is already investigating a number of accusations of harassment in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Kim, who’s now a lobbyist, says Stringer touched her thighs throughout cab rides, put his fingers down her pants, and requested her “Why gained’t you f— me?”
Stringer once more strenuously denied the allegation in a TV interview Tuesday morning.
“The allegation is completely and fully false. There’s no benefit to it. It didn’t occur,” he stated on NY1.
Stringer has stated that he and Kim had a quick, consensual relationship. He has tried to poke holes in her story, noting that Kim initially described herself as an intern on his marketing campaign.
“The state of affairs described is just not true. Ms. Kim was by no means an intern. She was 30 years previous on the time. She volunteered in our native Democratic membership and labored with so much of us on our marketing campaign. She was by no means paid by my marketing campaign,” he stated within the NY1 interview Monday. “She was a marketing campaign contributor to my marketing campaign. Interns don’t donate cash. Adults do.”
Stringer insisted he stays optimistic in regards to the race, regardless of the collapse of most of his organized assist.
“I’ve by no means felt this good about this marketing campaign, imagine it or not,” he stated. He stated he would withdraw “solely when the voters resolve. In the event that they don’t elect me, I suppose I’m out. However I’ve each confidence.”