According to a lawsuit, NYC Mayor Adams demanded oral sex from a colleague

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The accuser, Lorna Beach-Mathura, first came forward in November by filing a notice of claim saying she planned to sue Adams for sexual assault.
In response to the newly filed lawsuit, Sylvia Hinds-Radix, the city government’s corporation counsel who’s representing Adams in the sexual assault case, said the mayor vehemently denies Beach-Mathura’s accusations.
Initially, Beach-Mathura alleges in the lawsuit Adams was going to pick her up and give her a ride home to Coney Island to talk.
Once in the empty lot, Beach-Mathura alleges Adams asked her to explain her employment issue.
Adams then told her he wanted oral sex from her in exchange for his help, the court paper says.
The lawsuit says “while repeatedly cajoling, demanding, and begging Plaintiff for oral sex, Defendant Adams unzipped his pants” and exposed himself.
Beach-Mathura alleges she again refused, repeatedly saying, “No,” and trying to pull her hand away.
Beach-Mathura “feared that she would be raped” by Adams, but “tried to remain calm,” the lawsuit alleges.
After the alleged assault, Beach-Mathura claims in the suit that Adams told her he needed to get back to work.
She alleges Adams never helped her with the employment issue.

In a shocking new lawsuit, a former police colleague of New York City Mayor Eric Adams claims that he exposed himself to her and demanded that she have oral sex with him in exchange for assistance with a work-related matter more than thirty years ago.

Lorna Beach-Mathura, the accuser, first came forward with her plan to sue Adams for sexual assault in November when she filed a notice of claim. Not all the details of the accusation were disclosed in the brief November filing.

Sylvia Hinds-Radix, the corporation counsel for the city government and Adams’s legal representative in the sexual assault case, responded to the recently filed lawsuit by stating that the mayor angrily refutes Beach-Mathura’s allegations.

In a statement, Hinds-Radix said, “We expect full vindication in court while we review the complaint. The mayor fully denies these outrageous allegations and the events described here.”.

The incident allegedly happened in 1993, when Beach-Mathura and Adams were both employed by the city’s Transit Police Department, according to the lawsuit, which was submitted on Monday afternoon to the Manhattan Supreme Court.

Not only was Adams a transit police officer, but he also held a high position in the Black police officers’ organization, the Guardians Association. Beach-Mathura, who was also a member of the Guardians, claims that after agreeing to meet with her to discuss helping her get a promotion in the Transit Police Department, Adams picked her up in his car after work in Manhattan and drove her to a vacant lot close to the Hudson River.

Beach-Mathura said that she approached Adams about the job issue because she thought he was “inspiring” and could be of assistance as a Guardians leader. She claims that years prior, while working with Adams, she first got to know him.

In the lawsuit, Beach-Mathura first claims that Adams was going to pick her up and drive her back to Coney Island so they could have a conversation. Instead, she became “nervous and scared” after getting in the car and learning that he was going to a location close to the Hudson River, according to the lawsuit.

Beach-Mathura claims that after entering the vacant lot, Adams questioned her about her job. Following her action, Adams allegedly started rubbing his penis through his clothes with his hand and said to the plaintiff that he “also needed some help” after realizing he could help her.

The court document claims that after that, Adams told her he wanted oral sex with her in return for his assistance. According to the lawsuit, Defendant Adams “unzipped his pants” and revealed himself “while repeatedly cajoling, demanding, and begging Plaintiff for oral sex.”.

Beach-Mathura claims that she “adamantly and repeatedly refused” Adams’ advances. Adams allegedly then instructed Beach-Mathura to masturbate him after “assaulting” her “by grabbing her hand and placing it on his exposed” genitalia, according to the lawsuit.

She again refused, according to Beach-Mathura, allegedly stating “No” and attempting to remove her hand. The lawsuit claims that although Beach-Mathura “tried to remain calm,” she “feared that she would be raped” by Adams.

Plaintiff claims in her lawsuit that she was terrified “not only by Defendant Adams’ heinous behavior, but also because she knew he, as a police officer, had at least one loaded gun in the car.”.

After a few more tries, Beach-Mathura says Adams gave up trying to talk her into a sex act and began to masturbate. According to court documents, Beach-Mathura’s thigh and stocking were touched by semen from Adams.

Beach-Mathura tells the court that Adams told her he had to return to work after the alleged assault. After that, he took her to Chambers St. suit states that he dropped her off at a Manhattan subway station.

She claims Adams did not assist her at all with the job issue. After leaving the city government in 1994, she now resides in Florida and works as a public school teacher.

According to the lawsuit, Beach-Mathura told “numerous people” about the alleged assault, including her two daughters and both current and former NYPD officials.

Because Adams, the Guardians, and the NYPD are all named as defendants in her lawsuit, she claimed she was afraid of facing reprisals and never formally reported the incident. In addition to charging Adams with battery and sexual assault, Beach-Mathura’s lawsuit claims that by “enabling” Adams’ alleged behavior, the Guardians and the NYPD broke laws against gender violence.

When asked about Beach-Mathura’s lawsuit, which is requesting $5 million in damages, the NYPD and the Guardians did not immediately respond.

In conjunction with her complaint, Beach-Mathura also named three unidentified corporate entities as defendants that she claims were involved in misconduct. Per the lawsuit, she will identify those entities “as soon as their identities are discovered during this litigation.”. “.

Adams is dealing with multiple legal issues at the time of the startling lawsuit claims.

FBI agents confiscated the mayor’s cellphones and raided the residence of his chief political fundraiser last year as part of an investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan into Adams’ 2021 campaign. The investigation is related to claims that the Turkish government illegally transferred foreign currency into the campaign’s coffers. Winnie Greco, a top Adams adviser at City Hall, had her Bronx homes raided by FBI agents just last month as part of a different investigation headed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Adams has not been charged with any crimes in connection with either of those inquiries.

The work-related problem Beach-Mathura claims she sought Adams’ assistance in resolving concerned her aspirations to advance to the position of principal administrative assistant at the Transit Police Department.

Beach-Mathura claimed she was repeatedly “passed over” for a bump to principal despite having better test results than her colleagues who were hired. Beach-Mathura had worked for years as an administrative assistant, a position that involved taking incident reports, assigning patrols, and other clerical duties.

She claims that because of the Transit Police Department’s “well-known, discriminatory and retaliatory hostile environment,” which specifically targets Black and female employees, she was passed over for a promotion. At the time, the Transit Police Department operated independently, but in 1995, it joined the New York Police Department.

Beach-Mathura claims that she complained to a lieutenant in the personnel office of the Transit Police Department before going to Adams for assistance. The lieutenant was “unhelpful” and advised her to move to a different city agency if she wanted a promotion.

As a transit officer, Adams had no “sway over promotions of civilian employees,” so it’s “ludicrous,” according to Hinds-Radix, the corporation counsel, to suggest that he would have had any influence over Beach-Mathura’s promotion.

Adams replied that he had never met Beach-Mathura when she initially filed her notice of claim in November. When contacted on Monday for comment on that matter, his office did not respond right away.

The purported attack occurred shortly before Adams’s final, fruitless campaign against the late Brooklyn Congressman Major Owens in the 1994 election marked his first attempt at running for public office. Adams apologized for her actions during the 2021 mayoral campaign, according to a report by the news outlet The City. Years earlier, in 1991, Adams assisted in leading a sexist smear campaign against a female employee of the Transit Police Department who exposed criminal misconduct at the agency.

In one of the many lawsuits that Beach-Mathura has brought over the years, she accused Miami-Dade County of abusing her as a teacher by using students, one of whom was “a 6-year-old.”. Beach-Mathura did not receive any compensation for that lawsuit; it was dismissed. Why the suit was dismissed is unknown.

Beach-Mathura filed the lawsuit against Adams using the Adult Survivors Act, a state statute that allows victims of sexual assault to pursue legal action against their attackers for up to a year after the statute of limitations has passed. The day before that window closed, she sent in her notice of claim.

“She feels that sexual abusers, regardless of their identity, ought to be held accountable,” stated Beach-Mathura’s attorney Megan Goddard.

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