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NYC mayoral candidate Scott Stringer, accused of sexual abuse and harassment, denies allegations

A former intern who worked for mayoral contender Scott Stringer accused him of sexually abusing and harassing her more than a decade ago during his time as a state Assembly member.

The woman, Jean Kim, said Wednesday that Stringer, who’s served as city comptroller for the past seven years, kissed and groped her without her consent and made multiple unwanted sexual advances.

Kim, who now works as a lobbyist and worked as an unpaid intern for Stringer at the time of the alleged incidents, also claims he told her not to tell anyone about his advances and offered to help get her elected as a Democratic district leader.

“He kept saying, ‘Why won’t you f— me? Why won’t you f— me?’” Kim said at press conference downtown outside Stringer’s Centre Street offices.

Kim said that at no time did she and Stringer have a consensual relationship. She called for his resignation and for the state attorney general and the city to investigate the matter.

The allegations come at a decisive time for Stringer. The Democratic primary is two months away, and recent polling shows him trailing behind front-runners Andrew Yang and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Kim telegraphed her Wednesday announcement on Tuesday night in a press release sent out by women’s rights lawyer Patricia Pastor, who claimed Stringer made the unwanted advances during a run for public advocate.

“It’s unfortunately all too common that women report having been touched sexually without consent, and often men who engage this way are in a position of power and influence over the woman,” Pastor said. “I have great respect for women who choose to say, ‘Enough is enough.’”

New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer

Her statement was accompanied by written statements of support from several other women.

“It takes a lot of courage to use your voice against evil. I applaud the strength the victim has in fighting to inspire change in an outdated system that relies on a person’s silence,” said Krystal Balleza, a consent awareness advocate. “There’s power in speaking out and holding men like Scott Stringer accountable.”

Hours later, Stringer issued a response denying the allegations.

“I firmly believe that all survivors of harassment have the right to come forward. I will reserve further comment until this person has had the opportunity to share their story,” he said. “For now, let me say without equivocation: these allegations are untrue and do not reflect my interactions with anyone, including any woman or member of my staff.”

On Wednesday, Stringer did not immediately issue a response.

The accusations showed that backers of the long-time Manhattan pol could be poised to jump from his bandwagon if the details are substantiated.

A joint statement issued by state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi, Julia Salazar and Yuh-Line Niou — all of whom have endorsed Stringer — held out the possibility that they could abandon ship at any time and also included a reference to Gov. Cuomo, who is also facing allegations of sexual harassment from several women.

“Our commitment to a harassment-free government, workplace, and society is steadfast, and our zero-tolerance standard regarding sexual assault applies to abusers like Andrew Cuomo, if not more so, to our friends,” they wrote. “This standard also applies to everyone who participates in the normalization or erasure of abuse. We always hold space for anyone to safely come forward to share their experiences, and will demand accountability accordingly.”

Stringer’s opponents in the mayor’s also piled on. Adams called the allegations “troubling.”

And former non-profit exec Dianne Morales said she supports Kim.

“Right now, I’m not focused on Scott Stringer. I’m focused on the woman of color who has to endure public scrutiny as she speaks her truth about the harm she’s experienced,” she said. “I have been consistent that we need to believe survivors, and that doesn’t change today.”

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Source (Ny Daily news)

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