New York Times

Former Intern Accuses Scott Stringer of Sexual Assault

Mr. Stringer, who has spent decades in politics, has cast himself as an ardent progressive in recent years. In the mayoral election, he is widely perceived as the most viable of the three left-wing options, along with Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive, and Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Ms. Morales was the first mayoral candidate to issue a statement condemning Mr. Stringer.

“I thank Jean for bravery in speaking out and coming forward,” Ms. Morales said. “And I offer compassion to her for what she has endured, and what is yet to come. I stand with her, and her demands for justice.”

Ms. Wiley called Ms. Kim’s account “credible and disturbing” and said Mr. Stringer “must immediately account for this abuse of a campaign intern.”

Kathryn Garcia, another mayoral candidate and the former sanitation commissioner, called on Mr. Stringer to drop out of the race. So, too, did Shaun Donovan, a mayoral candidate and former federal housing secretary.

“Scott Stringer should stand by his own policy of zero tolerance for sexual harassment and drop out of the mayoral race,” Ms. Garcia said, adding that she believed Ms. Kim. “New Yorkers need and deserve a mayor they can trust, who demonstrates steady, competent and capable leadership. It is clear that Scott Stringer is not that person and that we need more women in leadership and elected office.”

Several supporters of Mr. Stringer’s mayoral campaign — State Senators Alessandra Biaggi and Julia Salazar and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou — issued a joint statement demanding “accountability.”

“As survivors of childhood sexual assault, we believe survivors,” they said. “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.”

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Bourbiza Mohamed. Writer and Political Discourse Analysis.

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