A former intern who as soon as labored for New York Metropolis mayoral candidate Scott Stringer is accusing town’s comptroller of sexually abusing and harassing her greater than a decade in the past, throughout Stringer’s tenure as a lawmaker within the New York State Meeting.
The girl, Jean Kim, is asking on Stringer to resign from his workplace and “instantly” finish his marketing campaign for mayor.
At a information convention on Wednesday, Kim charged that Stringer kissed and groped her with out her consent as he “inappropriately and relentlessly pursued a sexual relationship with me.”
“He saved saying, ‘Why will not you f— me? Why will not you f— me?'” Kim informed reporters exterior Stringer’s New York Metropolis places of work. Stringer denies the allegations.
Kim, who’s now a lobbyist, stated that “I’ve tried my greatest to place this chapter of my life behind me, to overlook about all of it and transfer ahead with my life, however I am coming ahead now as a result of being compelled to see him in my front room TV day by day, pretending to be a champion for ladies’s rights simply sickens me once I know the reality.”
“I’ve by no means disclosed this earlier than as a result of I used to be at all times frightened of his vindictive nature and that he would retaliate towards me and destroy my profession in politics,” she added.
Kim then harassed that “Scott Stringer ought to resign and withdraw from the mayoral marketing campaign instantly.”
The accusations towards Stringer, one of many main contenders for the Democratic mayoral nomination, comes with lower than two months to go till town’s June 22 mayoral primaries. Latest polls point out Stringer trailing behind entrance runners Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential contender, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former captain within the New York Metropolis Police Division.
Stringer denied the allegations after they have been first made in a press launch Tuesday night time.
“I firmly consider that every one survivors of harassment have the precise to return ahead. I’ll reserve additional remark till this particular person has had the chance to share their story,” Stringer stated. “For now, let me say with out equivocation: these allegations are unfaithful and don’t replicate my interactions with anybody, together with any girl or member of my employees.”
Stringer was anticipated to say extra at a information convention scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
Within the wake of the bombshell allegations, two different Democratic mayoral candidates, Shaun Donovan and Kathryn Garcia, have referred to as on Stringer to drop out of the race.
Fox Information’ Marta Dhanis contributed to this report.