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New York Mayor Eric Adams is the latest in a long line of public figures to be at the center of a sexual assault lawsuit filed under the New York Adult Survivors Act. A legal summons filed on Wednesday, November 23 accuses the mayor of sexually assaulting the plaintiff in 1993. The summons does not provide additional details regarding the alleged assault, but it does identify the plaintiff as a former employee of the city of New York.
“[The] Plaintiff was sexually assaulted by Defendant Eric Adams in New York, New York in 1993 while they both worked for the City of New York,” the summons reads, according to the Associated Press.
Moving forward, the plaintiff is seeking a trial and $5 million in relief. At this time, the plaintiff nor Adams have issued any further statements regarding the matter.
This is not the only legal challenge the mayor is dealing with at the moment. In early November, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents seized the Adams’s phones and iPads in connection to an investigation of his 2021 mayoral campaign. According to a report from the New York Times, the FBI is looking into accusations that Adams’ campaign conspired with the Turkish government to receive donations from foreign sources. The mayor has denied the accusations levied against him and says that he has “nothing to hide.”
“As a former member of law enforcement, I expect all members of my staff to follow the law and fully cooperate with any sort of investigation,” Adams said.
“And I will continue to do exactly that.”