A leading women’s group on Saturday called on Democratic mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer to drop out of the race in the wake of troubling sexual misconduct allegations made by a second woman against him, ripping him as “unfit” to hold the office.
“The mounting allegations against Scott Stringer are deeply disturbing. They reveal a pattern of sexual harassment and misconduct that should not be tolerated in any workplace, or by any person, let alone a public figure,” the organization, UltraViolet, said in a statement.
“The accusations against Stringer, coupled with his deeply problematic responses to these accusations, demonstrate that he is unfit to serve as mayor of the largest city in this country,” the statement reads.
“Stringer should withdraw from the New York City mayoral race and commit to addressing the harm he has caused,” the statement continued.
On Friday Teresa Logan, 47, alleged to the New York Times that Stringer, the outgoing city comptroller, had kissed and groped her without her consent in the spring of 1992, when she was working as a waitress at a since-closed bar he managed called Uptown Local. At the time, she was 18 and Stringer was 32.
Logan also recalled alleged unwanted touching in the back of a cab and outside Stringer’s apartment.
“It was almost like this out-of-body experience, where I’m like, ‘What do I do, like this is my boss,” she told the outlet. “Meanwhile he’s like, his hand going up my skirt, and my chest.”
Stringer’s campaign was already battling sexual misconduct allegations made by Jean Kim, a former staffer. Kim alleged that Stringer groped her in 2001 when she worked as an intern on his campaign for public advocate and once allegedly asked her “Why won’t you f–k me?”
Stringer, now 61 and married with two children, has denied the Kim allegation.
In a statement Friday, the embattled comptroller said he didn’t recall Teresa Logan.
“While I do not remember Ms. Logan, if I ever did anything to make her uncomfortable, I am sorry,” he said.