In a surprising turn of events, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has found himself at the center of a controversial legal summons, alleging molestation dating back to 1993. The summons, filed on Wednesday in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan, has sparked widespread attention, casting a shadow on the mayor's extensive political career.
The document, spanning three pages, refrains from detailing the specifics of the alleged assault. However, it explicitly names Mayor Adams, alongside the transit bureau of the New York Police Department and the New York Police Department Guardians Association, as defendants.
The text of the summons starkly states, "Plaintiff was molested by Defendant Eric Adams in New York, New York in 1993 while they both worked for the City of New York." This legal action seeks not only a trial but also demands $5 million in relief.
The attorney representing the woman involved in this case has yet to respond to requests for comment made on Thursday. In response, a City Hall spokesperson vehemently denied the allegations on behalf of Mayor Adams. The statement highlighted Adams' lack of recognition of the plaintiff, emphasizing his character and denying any possibility of him engaging in physical harm.
Adams' Diverse Career
Before his tenure as mayor, Adams, a member of the Democratic Party, had a notable career in law enforcement, ascending to the rank of captain in the New York City Police Department. His journey in public service continued through roles as a state senator and Brooklyn borough president, ultimately culminating in his election as mayor.
The timing of this summons is critical, as it leverages the Adult Survivors Act—a New York law enabling a surge of lawsuits against prominent individuals accused of physical misconduct. This act has already led to over 2,500 lawsuits, implicating high-profile figures like former President Donald Trump, music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, and actor-comedian Russell Brand.
Mayor Adams is concurrently grappling with an FBI investigation into his 2021 campaign. This probe has seen the seizure of his phones and raids on the residence of his chief campaign fundraiser. Reports from The New York Times and New York Post suggest the investigation includes scrutiny over Adams' alleged efforts to aid the Turkish government in 2021 with a diplomatic skyscraper project in the city, amidst safety concerns.
Despite these allegations and the ongoing FBI investigation, Mayor Adams remains steadfast in his denial of any wrongdoing, maintaining his innocence and commitment to serving New York City.