NEW YORK – The woman accusing mayoral candidate Scott Stringer of sexual assault and harassment filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Office of State Attorney General Tish James.
Jean Kim said Stringer had groped and kissed her several times without her consent while volunteering in one of his campaigns 20 years ago.
“Jean Kim, through his attorney, filed a formal complaint this morning with the New York State Attorney General’s Office, alleging sexual abuse and sexual harassment by Scott Stringer while he was a member of the State of New York who was reporting to the office of Public Counsel, ”said a statement from his lawyer, Patricia Pastor.
“Jean will participate fully with the OAG in any investigation he conducts on this matter.”
Stringer, the city’s comptroller, has seen an outflow of support since Kim brought forward the misconduct allegations last week. The Working Families Party and most of the elected officials who backed it rescinded their endorsement, but Stringer denied the allegations and vowed to stay the course. He received support from Teamsters Local 237 on Monday – a sign he still has loyal support built up over his decades as a city politician.
“We welcome the examination of this false allegation by any independent third party, whether it is a government agency or a journalist,” said Stringer spokesman Tyrone Stevens.
The GA’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The office is already investigating multiple harassment charges against Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Kim, who is now a lobbyist, says Stringer touched her thighs during the cab rides, put her hands in her pants and asked her, “Why don’t you wanna fuck me?”
Stringer again vigorously denied the allegation in a television interview on Tuesday morning.
“The allegation is totally and completely false. There is no merit in it. It didn’t happen, ”he told NY1.
Stringer said he and Kim had a brief, consensual relationship. He tried to punch holes in her story, noting that Kim initially described herself as an intern in her campaign.
“The situation described is not true. Ms. Kim has never been an intern. She was 30 years old at the time. She volunteered at our local Democratic club and worked with many of us on our campaign. She was never paid by my campaign, ”he said in the NY1 interview on Monday. “She contributed to my campaign. Interns do not donate money. Adults do. “
Stringer insisted he remains optimistic about the race, despite the collapse of most of his organized support.
“I have never felt so good about this campaign, believe it or not,” he said. He said he would step down “only when the voters decide. If they don’t elect me, I guess I’m missing. But I have full confidence. “