Politics NYC mayoral candidate says he had 'consensual' relationship with former intern accusing him of sexual assault
Scott Stringer mayoral campaign claims sexual abuse accuser works for Andrew Yang
NYC Board of Elections records reveal Kim gathered signatures for Andrew Yang and three other down-ballot candidates to ensure their names appear on the ballot for this June’s Democratic primary. Their release comes as Stringer’s campaign is scrambling to shore up support after the recent allegations rocked his mayoral run.They also come after statements from Kim’s attorney Patricia Pastor in which she denied that Kim had contact with any other mayoral campaigns.“Ms. Kim’s attorney was asked if Ms. Kim worked for any other campaigns against Scott Stringer. The attorney’s response was false. Ms.
Amayoral candidate accused of sexual assault said he had a "consensual" relationship with his accuser.
Scott Stringer, the city's comptroller, denied the two-decade-old sexual assault allegations but said he had an "on-and-off" relationship with his accuser, Jean Kim.
“I believe it was a mutual, consensual relationship. I never used any force, made any threats, or did any of the things that are alleged,” he said during a press conference alongside his wife, adding that he and Kim "maintained an amicable relationship for many years afterwards, until 2013, when we could not find her a role on my campaign for comptroller."
Embroiled candidate Scott Stringer says his integrity is more important than mayoral bid
“I want my children someday, when they go online, to see the whole story of their dad, I want them to be able to say our dad was very clear,” Stringer, the city comptroller, told WNYC's Brian Lehrer.New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer, who has barreled along with his campaign even as his endorsements dried up after a sexual abuse allegation, said Wednesday that defending his integrity is more important to him than reaching City Hall.
The mayoral candidate added that his relationship with Kim preceded him meeting his wife, Elyse Buxbaum. Stringer, who is now 60, said Kim was 30 and he was 41 at the time of their relationship.
Earlier on Wednesday, Kim, who says she was an unpaid intern during Stringer's bid for public advocate,the mayoral hopeful "repeatedly groped" her, "put his hands on [her] thighs and between [her] legs," and "demanded to know why [she] wouldn't have sex with him."
Stringer's initial response to Kim's allegations noted that he "firmly believes that all survivors of harassment have the right to come forward" while maintaining that the claims "aren't true."
2 YouTubers running for London mayor are trying to turn likes into votes as digital celebrity becomes the new political launchpad
The bids for office by Max Fosh and Niko Omilana follow decades of high-profile celebrities entering politics around the world. Experts told Insider that social media fame is now hugely important in political elections. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Max Fosh, a 26-year-old British YouTuber, put his name in the ring for Mayor of London last month. But in an interview with Insider, he admitted that he'd "make a terrible mayor.
Other candidates vying to become New York City's mayor have weighed in on the controversy, with Dianne Morales calling it a "really unfortunate moment in this race."
"As a survivor myself ... we've all been triggered and really have spent the time since hearing the news checking in on each other. I think I'm still really processing. I'm not focused on Scott Stringer. I'm really focused on what this woman has to endure," she.
The state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, is also contending with allegations of sexual harassment by, and two investigations are underway, one of which is termed an "impeachment investigation" by the New York state Assembly. Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately.
Many Democratic mayoral candidates participated in a debate moderated by former Gov. David Paterson Wednesday evening. Stringer, along with several other candidates, including 2021 Democratic presidential hopeful, did not attend.
Stringer Hemorrhages Endorsements After Sexual Assault Allegation
The foundation of his campaign crumbled days after a woman accused him of misconduct while they worked together 20 years ago.Stringer, the self-styled progressive hope in the race, laid the foundation of his campaign on the support of left-leaning Democratic lawmakers and major progressive groups. Now many of those supporters say they no longer back the comptroller in his quest for City Hall. On Friday evening, Stringer lost the Working Families Party; Representative Jamaal Bowman; State Senators Alessandra Biaggi, Julia Salazar, and Gustavo Rivera; Assemblymembers Yuh-Line Niou and Catalina Cruz.
Several candidates are vying to replace outgoing Mayorin the election. New Yorkers will vote for a new mayor on Nov. 2.
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Introducing the eccentric field of candidates running to be London's next mayor .
There are a record 20 candidates standing in the May 6 London Mayoral election and it has attracted some eccentric figures in British politics. Khan, representing the Labour Party, which is in opposition to Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in the central government, is well known for his clashes with former President Trump and marshalling the city through a number of devastating terrorist attacks. He is set to be comfortably re-elected -- if recent polling is to be believed -- with Khan promising to “renew, rebuild and refresh London” in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic should he win another term.