Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams has had some professional headaches these past weeks over an FBI investigation focusing on whether his campaign accepted illegal donations from Turkey, but on Wednesday, he was hit with a sexual assault summons in the state Supreme Court of Manhattan.
The three-paged summons accuses Adams of sexually assaulting the plaintiff in 1993. The plaintiff is unnamed, according to the Messenger.
The document also names the New York Police Department and the Guardian Association as defendants.
“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 summons reads.
The summons was filed under The Adult Survivors Act, a law that went into effect in November 2022 that allows individuals a one-year window to file lawsuits alleging sexual assault that had been previously restricted by the statute of limitations.
A City Hall spokesperson released a statement.
“The mayor does not know who this person is. If they ever met, he doesn’t recall it. But he would never do anything to physically harm another person and vigorously denies any such claim.” the spokesperson said.
While speaking to reporters on Thanksgiving Day, Adams made his own statement.
"It absolutely did not happen. I don't recall ever meeting this person, and I would never harm anyone in that magnitude," he said.
"It did not happen. It's going to go its course. It's going to take its process. But it did not happen. That is not who I am. And that is not who I've ever been in my professional life. That is something that never took place," the mayor added.
In New York, plaintiffs have the option to file a summons weeks before they file a lawsuit against a defendant.
Adams was a police sergeant in 1993, and was later promoted to captain.
The window to file such cases ends this week.