On Thursday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a female coworker 30 years ago. According to court documents, the complaint against Adams, which was filed on Wednesday, alleges “sexual assault, battery and employment discrimination on the basis of Plaintiff’s gender and sex, retaliation, hostile work environment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.”
The suit was submitted under the New York Adult Survivors Act, a law passed last year that opened a one-year window for sexual assault claims to be filed that otherwise happened too far in the past to litigate.
The civil suit alleges the plaintiff “was sexually assaulted by Defendant Eric Adams in New York, New York in 1993 while they both worked for the City of New York.” The plaintiff is seeking a trial and at least $5 million in relief.
Mayor Adams, however, “vigorously” denies the claim, his office said, arguing he does not know the plaintiff and would never cause anyone physical harm. A City hall spokesperson said in a statement that ‘the mayor does not know who this person is. If they ever met, he doesn’t recall it. But he would never do anything to physically harm another person and vigorously denies any such claim.”
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