2nd woman says NYC mayoral candidate sexually harassed her

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Scott Stringer

FILE — In this Jan. 15, 2018, file photo, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer prepares to speak at the National Action Network House of Justice in New York. Stringer, a 61-year-old who has held elective office since 1993, appeared to be gaining ground in the mayor’s race when lobbyist Jean Kim accused him of unwanted groping when she was working on his unsuccessful campaign for public advocate in 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — A second woman has come forward with sexual misconduct accusations against mayoral candidate and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, saying he groped her and made unwanted advances when she worked as a waitress in 1992 at a bar he ran.

Teresa Logan said she was 18 when Stringer groped her at the Uptown Local bar, and kissed and groped her outside of work, The New York Times reported Friday.

Logan, now 47, said she decided to come forward after hearing the account of Jean Kim, who said in late April that the Democrat groped her without consent in 2001 when she was part of one of his campaigns.

“It was like this trigger,” Logan told the Times. “There’s like a visceral feeling hearing her on the news, and him, and hearing her and knowing she was right. I was like, I know I have to do this.”

She was initially connected with the paper through Patricia Pastor, the attorney representing Kim.

Pastor told The Associated Press that Logan called her after hearing a media account of Kim’s accusations.

Stringer, 61, has denied Kim’s accusations. In response to Logan’s claims, he said in a statement: “While I do not remember Ms. Logan, if I ever did anything to make her uncomfortable, I am sorry.”

“Uptown Local was a long-ago chapter in my life from the early 1990s and it was all a bit of a mess,” he told the Times,

In one incident, Logan said Stringer put his hand on her inner thigh and kissed her while they were in a cab together. Her sister told the Times that Logan had told her about the encounter that night.

“I do remember her coming home and being like, more scared than I’ve ever seen her, and just telling me, like, she was really, really shaken up,” Yohanna Logan told the newspaper. “I remember her saying that she was in a cab with him and that he, like, touched her, tried to, like, kiss her and she was trying to get out of it.”

The Associated Press does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly.

Stringer is among the large field of candidates vying to become the city’s next mayor; the Democratic primary is June 22, with early voting starting June 12.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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