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New York City Maj. Eric Adams named as a defendant under the state’s Adult Survivors Act.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams was charged with sexual assault in 1993 under a New York law that expires this week, according to a court document filed Wednesday.

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,” according to a summons filed in New York County Supreme Court .

The filing alleges sexual assault, battery and employment discrimination, retaliation, a hostile work environment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“The mayor does not know who this person is,” a city hall spokesperson told CNN on Thursday. “If they ever met, he doesn’t remember it. But he would never do anything that would cause physical harm to another and strenuously denies any such claims.

The three-page subpoena also names the City of New York, the New York Police Department’s Bureau of Transportation and the New York City Police Department Warden’s Association as defendants. No further details have been given and no complaints have yet been filed.

The claims are filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which will expire after Thanksgiving.

Six months after it was signed in May 2022, the law opened a one-year window for adult survivors of sexual offenses to sue their alleged attackers, even if the statute of limitations on their claims had expired.

Since many victims of sexual abuse can take years to speak publicly about their trauma, the lookback window is intended to give them an opportunity to have their day in court.

“The complaints filed herein allege intentional and negligent acts and omissions for physical, psychological, and other injuries sustained as a result of conduct that would constitute sexual offenses,” the summons states.

The plaintiff is seeking at least $5 million, according to the filing.

The city’s Law Department and the NYPD referred CNN to City Hall.

CNN has contacted the Guardians Association for comment.

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