New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been accused of sexual assault in a legal action filed Wednesday night in a New York court, The Messenger first reported.
The plaintiff, whose name is being withheld, “filed a summons Wednesday night in state Supreme Court in Manhattan under the Adult Survivors Act,” the outlet reports.
The Democrat mayor is named as a defendant in the legal filing.
BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: New York City Mayor Eric Adams accused of sexual assault in legal filing https://t.co/tvTRUgaIJZ
— The Messenger (@TheMessenger) November 23, 2023
The Messenger reports:
The filing also names the transit bureau of the New York Police Department and the Guardian Association of the NYPD as defendants.
“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 alleges.
In New York civil court, a plaintiff can file a summons with notice to begin a legal action — followed by a full complaint laying out the claims.
The summons is just three pages and does not reveal any detail about the alleged assault.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 23, 2023
According to the New York Post, the lawsuit seeks at least $5 million.
A City Hall spokesperson said the mayor denies the claim and does not know the plaintiff.
“The mayor does not know who this person is,” the spokesperson said, according to the New York Post.
“If they ever met, he doesn’t recall it. But he would never do anything to physically harm another person and vigorously denies any such claim,” the spokesperson added.
From the New York Post:
Attempts to reach the accuser were not immediately successful Thursday, and her attorney did not respond to messages.
The Adult Survivors Act, signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul in May last year, removed the usual time constraints to sue over alleged sexual assaults for a one-year period, opening the floodgates for a torrent of civil lawsuits against powerful men, including former President Donald Trump and Bill Cosby.Advertisement
At least 2,600 claims have been filed in state courts under the ASA, including several lawsuits brought this week against such high-profile defendants as Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and celebrity photographer Terry Richardson.
Adams, 63, has never been married but has a 27-year-old son, rapper Jordan Coleman, with his ex-girlfriend, Chrisena Coleman.
Coleman, 59, and Adams split up when their son was still a toddler.
The Adams administration also faces an FBI probe regarding his 2021 campaign.
The FBI seized communication devices belonging to Mayor Eric Adams as part of a corruption probe into his 2021 campaign.
“The feds seized the devices in connection to an investigation into whether Hizzoner’s campaign colluded with the Turkish government and others to direct money into his mayoral effort,” the New York Post reported.