NEW YORK — A veteran New York City politician filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, alleging the decades-old allegation was false and derailed his mayoral campaign.
Former state assemblyman and New York City comptroller Scott Stringer says in his lawsuit filed in Manhattan state court that Jean Kim “tarnished the integrity and reputation of Mr. Stringer” in April 2021 when she married him without consent nearly 20 years ago. Was accused of teasing.
At the time Kim made his allegation, Stringer was among leaders in a crowded field seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed then-Mayor Bill de Blasio.
But Stringer slipped in the polls following the indictment of Kim, who volunteered in Stringer’s unsuccessful 2001 campaign for New York City public defender at a time of alleged misconduct. Eric Adams won the Democratic mayoral nomination last year and won the November general election.
Stringer, 62, has said in his lawsuit that he and Kim had a consensual relationship in 2001 and that the allegations of assault and unwanted molestation against him are false and defamatory.
New York’s one-year statute of limitations for defamation presents a challenge for Stringer, who is suing Kim over allegations made a year and a half ago. In an effort to get around the deadline, the lawsuit alleges that Kim’s defamation claims surfaced again in August 2022, when Rep. Carolyn Maloney “during Maloney’s failed Democratic primary campaign against Representative Jerry Nadler, Stringer’s mentor.” Kim’s accusations were weaponized”. ,
The lawsuit states that Kim was seen at a Maloney campaign event on August 3 and “it was reasonably foreseeable that after Kim met and spoke with Maloney at his campaign event, his false and defamatory statements would be repeated.” “
According to a New York Post article cited in the lawsuit, Maloney then accused Nadler of campaigning “with a man accused of sexual harassment”, an apparent reference to Stringer.
An email was sent to Kim’s attorney, Patricia Pastor, seeking comment.
If the lawsuit is successful, it could pave the way for a political comeback for Stringer, who until this year had held consecutive elected positions since winning the state Assembly seat for the first time in 1992.