February 24, 2024

A woman has accused New York Mayor Eric Adams of sexual assault and other offenses in a court filing, alleging the incident occurred in 1993 while both worked for the city. A spokesperson for Adams denied the claim, stating the mayor does not know the accuser and does not recall meeting her. The accusation against Adams is one of many filed under New York state’s Adult Survivors Act, ahead of the expiry of a special one-year window for such complaints. The law allows such lawsuits to be filed in court even if the statutes of limitations have run out. The court summons filed against Adams did not offer specific details about what happened, but claimed it involved sexual assault, battery, employment discrimination, retaliation, hostile work environment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The summons seeks at least $5 million in damages and also names the city of New York, the New York Police Department’s transit bureau, the department’s Guardians Association, a fraternal organization representing Black officers, and three unknown entities as defendants. The police department and the Guardians Association did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesperson for City Hall said that the mayor does not know the accuser and vigorously denies any claim. The allegation comes as Adams faces other legal trouble, with the FBI searching his electronic devices as part of an investigation into possible illegal donations to his 2021 campaign. Adams’ lawyer stated that the mayor is cooperating with the investigation but did not provide further details.