Ex-Inspector Scott Stringer is suing accusers over sexual assault allegations

Former city auditor Scott Stringer on Monday filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman he said “derailed” his bid for mayor last year with allegations of sexual assault.

In court filings, Stringer called the claims of Jean Kim – who worked on his public advocate campaign in 2001 – “falsification” and said they cost him important endorsements and the “goodwill of his supporters and constituents.”

“Many voters were put off by the idea of ​​supporting a man who has been accused of sexual assault,” the lawsuit says. “A poll conducted following Kim’s allegations showed a drop in support for Mr. Stringer. Media also noted that the scandal bogged down his mayoral campaign.”

Next to “derailed [his] 2021 mayoral campaign in New York City,” Stringer said, Kim “did irreparable damage to him and his political future by spreading vicious lies and accusing him of sexual assault two decades ago,” the lawsuit states.

The Manhattan Supreme Court filing calls for unspecified damages and a court order directing Kim to “withdraw all defamatory statements.”

Scott Stringer.
Scott Stringer called Jean Kim’s claims “false” and said they cost him important validation and the “goodwill of his supporters and constituents”.
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In April 2021, an attorney representing Kim made allegations that Stringer “groped her and repeatedly sexually touched her without her consent [and] made several sexual advances towards her, which she declined.”

Kim also held a press conference where she accused Stringer of repeatedly asking, “Why don’t you want to fuck me?” while she was an unpaid intern on his 2001 campaign.

Just before the allegations surfaced, a NY1/Ipsos poll showed Stringer tied for third place ahead of the June 22 Democrat mayoral election, with 11% of likely voters saying he was their first choice.

Jean Kim.
Jean Kim claimed Scott Stinger “groped her, repeatedly sexually touched her without her consent” while she was an intern on his 2001 campaign.
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About two weeks after Kim’s press conference, that number dropped to 9%.

And on Election Day, Stringer finished fifth with just 5.5% of the vote in the first round before being eliminated in the ranking choice contest won by Mayor Eric Adams.

In his lawsuit, Stringer claimed he and Jean had a “casual” and “consensual relationship” during his 2001 campaign and that she was a volunteer, not an intern.

The campaign’s interns were mostly high school and college students, court records say.

“At the time Kim volunteered for the campaign, she was about 30 years old — older than any intern,” court documents said.

Though New York’s statute of limitations for defamation cases is one year, Stringer is trying to sidestep it because Kim intended to “republic” her allegations earlier this year.

On Aug. 3, Stringer claimed, Kim was spotted with then-US Rep. Carolyn Maloney at a campaign event while Maloney was losing the feature race to US Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

Maloney later “exploited” Kim’s allegations in an Aug. 20 The Post report, in which Maloney attacked Nadler for fighting with Stringer, whom she described as “a man accused of sexual assault,” according to his lawsuit.

“It was reasonably foreseeable that after Kim met and spoke to Maloney at her campaign rally, her false and defamatory statements would be repeated,” court documents say.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, right, stands with Scott Stringer.
Scott Stringer has claimed Rep. Carolyn Maloney “weaponized” claims by Jean Kim to attack Rep. Jerry Nadler for fighting alongside the former city auditor.
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Stringer’s lawsuit was first reported by the New York Times, which said it received an advance copy, and quoted Stringer as calling Kim’s allegations “just a total lie.”

“And I can’t live with myself if I haven’t done everything in my power to expose it,” he added.

Stringer also told the Times that he did not sue a second accuser — Teresa Logan, who came forward after Kim’s allegations — because her allegations of groping and unwanted kissing, which date to 1992, are statute-barred.

Stringer has said he doesn’t remember Logan and the alleged incident, but “if I’ve ever done anything that made her uncomfortable, I’m sorry.”

Neither Kim nor her attorney, Patricia Pastor, immediately responded to requests for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/12/ex-comptroller-scott-stringer-sues-sex-assault-accuser-says-claims-sunk-nyc-mayoral-bid/ Ex-Inspector Scott Stringer is suing accusers over sexual assault allegations

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