The main storyline surrounding New York Mayor Eric Adams lately has been on a 1993 sexual assault claim. This accusation has come to light as a result of a court summons brought about under the Adult Survivors Act of the state.
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Legal Drama Unfolds Eric Adams, NYPD Entities Named Defendants in Assault Claim
In addition to naming Mayor Adams as a defendant, the document, which was filed in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court, also lists the NYPD’s Transit Bureau and Guardians Association as defendants. Since the Messenger first broke the story, this file has attracted a lot of attention.
The accuser, whose name The Washington Post has chosen to keep anonymous because the issue is so delicate, claims that in 1993, when they were working together for the city in New York, Eric Adams sexually attacked them. The charges include sexual assault, violence, sex- and gender-based job discrimination, as well as allegations of retaliation, creating a hostile work environment, and purposeful infliction of emotional distress.
Eric Adams Denies Accuser’s Claims: Strongly Disputes Allegations of 1993 Assault
Through a representative from City Hall, Adams responded, denying any acquaintanceship with the plaintiff. “The mayor does not know who this person is,” the spokeswoman said. He doesn’t remember if they ever met. However, he vehemently disputes any such allegation and would never do anything to physically injure another individual.
Currently, there has been no instant response from the plaintiff’s attorney.The complaint against Adams and the two agencies asks for interest and legal expenses in addition to damages, with a maximum value of $5 million to be awarded at trial.
As mayor in 2022, Eric Adams comes from a long line of law enforcement, having worked for more than 20 years in the NYPD and then the New York City Transit Police.
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Eric Adams Faces FBI Inquiry: Campaign Fundraising Probe Deepens Political Turmoil
In addition to these accusations, Mayor Adams is being investigated for another political matter. His campaign counsel acknowledged that his phones and other electronic devices were taken by FBI investigators earlier this month. The FBI inquiry into fundraising efforts made during Adams’s 2021 campaign is connected to these seizures.
Boyd Johnson, Adams’s lawyer, explained to The Post that the mayor had not been accused of any misconduct.
Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed the Adult Survivors Act into law last year. It gives adult survivors of sexual assault a year to sue their accused perpetrators, regardless of when the incident happened. This bill bears similarities to the state’s Child Victims Act, which was passed in 2019 and gave victims of child sexual abuse a comparable legal pathway to pursue lawsuits against those they believed to be their abusers.