New York City Mayor Eric Adams Faces Sexual Assault Allegation from 1993

The summons against Adams (pictured on 14 November) was filed under the New York Adult Survivors Act, which expires on 24 November. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

A legal summons filed late Wednesday has brought forth allegations of sexual assault against New York City Mayor Eric Adams, dating back to 1993. The summons, which seeks $5 million in relief and a trial, was filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan under the Adult Survivors Act, a New York state law providing a one-year window for filing such lawsuits that would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations. This window is set to expire on November 24.

The allegations state that the plaintiff, whose name is withheld due to the nature of the accusations, was sexually assaulted by Adams “while they both worked for the City of New York.” The summons, which does not detail the specific events of the alleged assault, also names the transit bureau of the New York Police Department and the New York Police Department Guardians Association as defendants.

In response to these allegations, a spokesperson from City Hall emphasized that Mayor Adams does not recall meeting the accuser, stating, “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.”

Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, has been accused of sexual assault in a court filing submitted on late Wednesday.

The accusation comes at a critical time for Mayor Adams, who was elected in 2021. He is currently under scrutiny due to an FBI investigation into his campaign, focusing on potential unlawful acceptance of funds from the Turkish government. This investigation has led to raids and the seizure of electronic devices and documents from various associated parties, including Adams’ top fundraiser, Brianna Suggs, and a Turkish Airlines executive.

Megan Goddard, the attorney representing the plaintiff, hailed the significance of the Adult Survivors Act, stating, “Goddard Law is thankful for the Adult Survivors Act, which has given so many women the opportunity to seek justice. We are immensely proud of our clients and all the women who are seeking justice under the ASA.”

This case marks one of the many that have emerged under the umbrella of the Adult Survivors Act. The Act, which provided a year-long “look-back” window for adult sexual misconduct accusers, has been pivotal in bringing forth cases that had previously been silenced due to legal time constraints.

Eric Adams, a Democrat, has had a long-standing career in public service, initially as a New York City police officer, rising to the rank of captain, before transitioning into politics. His political journey has included roles as a state senator and Brooklyn borough president prior to his mayoral tenure.