NEW YORK – A woman has accused New York City Mayor Eric Adams of sexually assaulting her three decades ago, according to a summons filed Wednesday in Manhattan court.
The legal filing also lists the New York City Police Department’s Transit Bureau and the Guardians Association of the NYPD as defendants, along with three other entities that are not identified. No further details about the allegations against Adams, a former transit police officer, are provided in the three-page document filed in New York County Supreme Court.
“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 filing states.
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USA TODAY is not publishing the woman’s name listed in the filing out of respect for her privacy. The woman’s attorney, Megan Goddard, was not available for comment.
The case was filed under the state’s expiring Adult Survivors Act, which provided a one-year deadline to retroactively file a sexual assault complaint.
The woman is seeking $5 million in damages, the filing states.
On Thursday, Adams responded to the allegations: tell the journalists it “absolutely didn’t happen” and that he doesn’t remember meeting the person.
“That’s not who I am, and that’s not who I’ve ever been in my professional life,” he said, according to a video posted by a Fox 5 New York reporter on X . “It’s just something that never happened.”
It is unclear in what capacity the woman worked for the city. The NYPD referred comment to City Hall.
Adams, a Democrat, touted his more than 20-year background in law enforcement, starting as a New York City transit police officer in the 1980s before becoming a captain. In 1994, New York Magazine identified him as the leader of the Guardians, the NYPD’s black officers’ association. He also founded 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, which challenged the NYPD’s policing, discrimination, and stop-and-frisk tactics.
He was later elected state senator and Brooklyn borough president before becoming mayor in 2022.
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The Adult Survivors Act has also been used against other high-profile figures, including former President Donald Trump, Bill Cosby, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Columbia University gynecologist Robert Hadden, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for assaulting patients.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Adult Survivors Act in 2022, giving people who report being victims of sexual assault when they were over 18 a year to sue their attackers , regardless of when the abuse occurred. The window opened on November 24, 2022, and more than 2,500 lawsuits had been filed as of the start of the week. The law expires Friday.
Adams is also the subject of an FBI investigation into his 2021 mayoral campaign regarding his ties to Turkey. Earlier this month, FBI agents seized Adams’ phones and searched the homes of people close to the mayor, including a City Hall staffer and a top fundraiser for his campaign , according to the New York Daily News. An attorney for Adams told the Daily News he is cooperating with the investigation.