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 has said Stringer repeatedly groped and kissed her without her consent when she was a volunteer on one of his campaigns 20 years ago.
“Jean Kim, through her attorney, has filed this morning a formal complaint with the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) alleging Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment by Scott Stringer while he was a New York State Assemblyman running for the office of Public Advocate,” said a statement from her lawyer, Patricia Pastor.
“Jean will participate fully with the OAG in any investigation it conducts into this matter.”
Stringer, the city comptroller, has seen an exodus of support since Kim came forward with the misconduct allegations last week. The Working Families Party and most of the elected officials who backed him have rescinded their endorsements, but Stringer has denied the allegations and vowed to stay in the race. He received the backing of Teamsters Local 237 Monday — a sign that he still has some loyal support built up over his decades as a city politician.
“We welcome examination of this false allegation by any independent third party, whether that be a government agency or journalist,” said Stringer spokesperson Tyrone Stevens.
The AG’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The office is already investigating multiple accusations of harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Kim, who is now a lobbyist, says Stringer touched her thighs during cab rides, put his hands down her pants, and asked her “Why won’t you f— me?”
Stringer again strenuously denied the allegation in a TV interview Tuesday morning.
“The allegation is totally and completely false. There’s no merit to it. It didn’t happen,” he said on NY1.
Stringer has said that he and Kim had a brief, consensual relationship. He has tried to poke holes in her story, noting that Kim initially described herself as an intern on his campaign.
“The situation described is not true. Ms. Kim was never an intern. She was 30 years old at the time. She volunteered in our local Democratic club and worked with a lot of us on our campaign. She was never paid by my campaign,” he said in the NY1 interview Monday. “She was a campaign contributor to my campaign. Interns don’t donate money. Adults do.”
Stringer insisted he remains optimistic about the race, despite the collapse of most of his organized support.
“I’ve never felt this good about this campaign, believe it or not,” he said. He said he would withdraw “only when the voters decide. If they don’t elect me, I guess I’m out. But I have every confidence.”