Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer has insisted his relationship with a marketing campaign “intern” was consensual, and occurred earlier than he was married, however he ignored an vital element – he had a girlfriend on the time.
Stringer, 61, the present metropolis Comptroller, was in a romantic relationship with Jeanne Salvatore whereas he was allegedly harassing former marketing campaign employee Jean Kim, sources informed The Post.
Salvatore, then a spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute, and Stringer, a state Assemblyman vying to be public advocate, shared the identical one-bedroom house at 326 Columbus Ave. in 2001, public information present.
This is identical time interval throughout which Kim, 49, stated Stringer made undesirable advances, together with groping her in a taxi and asking repeatedly “Why won’t you f–k me?” He promised to assist her turn out to be the primary Asian-American district chief, Kim stated.
“He never had my consent to any physical contact at all, nor did he even seek my consent,” stated Kim in an announcement to The Post. “He took for granted that he could do what he wanted and disregarded my humanity. You can call yourself an advocate for women and under-represented communities, but if you take advantage of women who are younger, inexperienced and without the privileges you enjoy, you are not fooling anyone that you are a person of integrity, much less a leader.”
Stringer claims he and Kim had an “on-and-off relationship over a few months” and that he believed “it was a mutual, consensual relationship.” He stated she was not an intern, however a marketing campaign volunteer, and insisted he by no means used foul language as Kim alleged.
“I don’t talk that way. That’s not the language I use and I didn’t use that language ever,” he insisted.
But Stringer raised the likelihood that other women might come ahead saying “You know, I’ve dated.”
“I don’t expect it. But, look, I didn’t expect this set of allegations,” he informed “Good Day New York” in April. Stringer additionally as soon as dated Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal.
Stringer did seemingly repeat a sample of mentoring youthful ladies interested by getting into Democratic politics and utilizing the identical foul language.
Stringer met lawyer LeAnn Leutner within the early 2000s earlier than he was elected Manhattan Borough President, promising to make her a district chief as they started a romantic relationship, sources stated. Leutner additionally went on to work as his marketing campaign treasurer.
“They had a long term relationship,” stated Ezra Glaser, a Brooklyn lawyer and former political marketing consultant, who knew each Stringer and Leutner. “He mentored LeAnn. But he could also be a bully, a would-be dictator.”
Glaser recalled the primary time he met Leutner at an Upper East Side bar in 2005 throughout Stringer’s marketing campaign for borough president. Stringer walked into the watering gap and approached them.
“You’re to leave and you’re not f–king LeAnn,” Stringer demanded in entrance of Leutner.
Stringer dumped Leutner earlier than his marriage to Elyse Buxbaum in 2010 as a result of “she was not a good look for politics,” a buddy of Leutner’s informed The Post.
“LeAnn was very hurt when the whole thing happened,” the buddy stated. “He basically told her that he had to get married to look good for politics. He was just using her.”
Leutner, who went on to have another relationship with a physician, dedicated suicide on New Year’s Day, 2013. Stringer spoke at her memorial service, however didn’t acknowledge the romantic relationship.
Stringer continued to information younger ladies who wished to interrupt into Democratic politics.
He mentored Yuh-Line Niou, who had been chief of employees for Assemblyman Ron Kim of Queens and was working for workplace for the primary time in 2016 to exchange disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Stringer gave his backing to Niou over Alice Cancel, a staffer in his personal workplace.
Niou misplaced to Cancel in a particular election in April 2016, however went on to win the seat that November. She continues to symbolize the Lower East Side.
Niou and Stringer had an apparently shut relationship, with Niou tweeting in March, “I love your mom … we miss her,” after Stringer tweeted about his mom, who died of COVID-19 final yr. It is unclear if the connection was romantic.
Niou ardently supported Stringer for mayor, however withdrew that endorsement after the allegations in opposition to the comptroller emerged.
Niou didn’t instantly return a name looking for remark.
Salvatore, a media marketing consultant and adjunct professor of communications at City College, when reached by The Post stated, “I just cannot talk.”
A spokesman for Stringer refused to remark.