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City Comptroller and mayoral contender Scott Stringer opened up a new front in his denials of sexual abuse allegations Friday when his campaign released documents that show his accuser Jean Kim recently gathered petition signatures on behalf of a rival mayoral campaign.
The 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.
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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. Kim worked for Eliot Spitzer in 2013 and now we learn that she was working for Andrew Yang this year,” Stringer spokesman Tyrone Stevens said. “There is a pattern here of inaccurate statements made by Ms. Kim’s attorney.”
Jean Kim speaks during a press conference at City Hall Park Wednesday, April 28, in Manhattan, New York. Kim is accusing Scott Stringer of inappropriate sexual conduct while she was an un-paid intern during his campaign for New York City public advocate. (Barry Williams/)
Kim responded in a written statement Friday morning, saying: “I do not work and have never worked for the Andrew Yang campaign.”
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“I’ve never met him, and I have not decided who my choice is for mayor,” she continues. “I am not interested in pushing anyone into the mayor’s office. My purpose is to speak the truth and for Stringer to be held accountable for his actions. I am not surprised at all by his efforts to discredit me. It is exactly what I expected him to do. Lie, attack and retaliate.”
Two days earlier, she held a press conference to accuse Stringer of making unwanted advances and pressing her to have sex with him. That night, Kim, a stand comic, posted a Zoom comedy show on Facebook in which talks about coming forward.
“I had to ‘Me Too’ one of the politicians I used to work with because he couldn’t keep his thing in his pants,” she said and laughed. “I actually knocked Rudy Giuliani off of the top of the news.”
On Friday, she said she’d collected ballot signatures for “multiple political candidates in different races.”
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Along with Yang’s name, the other candidates who appear on petitions she circulated are district leader candidate Esther Yang, City Council candidate Julie Menin and state Sen. Brad Hoylman, who’s running for Manhattan Borough President.
“Recently I circulated ballot petitions for my neighbor and friend, Esther Yang, who is running for District Leader in our home district,” she said. “I was happy to do my part to help her get her name on the ballot.”
Pastor further addressed Stringer’s claim that Kim is working for another Yang — Andrew Yang, who is currently leading in recent polling on the mayor’s race.
“The fact that Andrew Yang’s name appears, along with Brad Hoylman and Julie Menin, on a ballot petition circulated by Jean, does not reflect a working relationship of any kind between Jean and the Andrew Yang campaign,” she said.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer holds a press conference with State Senator Jessica Ramos on April 12 in Queens to denounce Andrew Yang after he suggested there should be more enforcement of unlicensed street vendors. (Luiz C. Ribeiro/)
Yang spokeswoman Alyssa Kass said the campaign learned Thursday night that “Ms. Kim had carried a few petition sheets for several candidates, including Andrew.”
“We fully support Jean Kim and commend the courageous step she took sharing her story this week.” Kass added.
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