In a recent development, a woman has filed a lawsuit against New York City Mayor Eric Adams, accusing him of sexual assault in 1993. The lawsuit, demanding $5 million, was filed just before the Adult Survivors Act deadline. At the time of the alleged incident, Adams was serving as an NYPD officer, and the accuser was also employed by the city.
The lawsuit, spanning three pages, alleges sexual assault, battery, employment discrimination based on sex and gender, retaliation, creating a hostile work environment, as well as, intentional infliction of emotional distress. However, specific details of the accusations have not been disclosed in the summons.
Mayor Adams has firmly denied the allegations, stating that the incident never occurred and that it contradicts his personal and professional conduct. He expressed that he does not recall the accuser and emphasized that he would never physically harm another person.
The Adult Survivors Act, which became effective in November 2022, offers a one-year window for accusers to file lawsuits, regardless of when the alleged abuse took place. The deadline for filing under this act expired this week.
This lawsuit surfaces amidst various challenges and controversies facing Mayor Adams. Recently, the FBI initiated an investigation into his 2021 mayoral campaign, probing potential illegal donations from the Turkish government. During this investigation, the FBI briefly confiscated two of Adams’ cell phones and an iPad, which were later returned.
Mayor Adams has been vocal in his criticism of the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis, particularly as New York City grapples with an influx of illegal immigrants. The news of the FBI investigation prompted Adams to cancel a planned discussion with the Biden administration about illegal immigration and border issues.