Five weeks after an allegation of undesirable sexual advances upended Scott M. Stringer’s New York City mayoral marketing campaign, a second girl is accusing him of sexual harassment and making undesirable advances when she mentioned she labored for Mr. Stringer practically three many years in the past.
The girl, Teresa Logan, mentioned that she was a waitress and tended bar at Uptown Local, an institution on the Upper West Side that was co-founded and run partially by Mr. Stringer. In an interview, she accused Mr. Stringer of as soon as groping her as she carried trays, making undesirable sexual advances, together with kissing and groping, outdoors the office not less than twice and treating her in a way that always made her uncomfortable.
The first interactions, she mentioned, befell within the spring of 1992, when Mr. Stringer was 32 and he or she was 18.
Teresa Logan in 1992.
In a press release, Mr. Stringer, 61 and now the town comptroller, mentioned he had “no memory” of Ms. Logan, now 47.
“If, in fact, I met Ms. Logan, and ever did anything to make her uncomfortable, I am sorry,” he mentioned. In response to Ms. Logan’s description of an unprofessional work surroundings, he mentioned: “Uptown Local was a long-ago chapter in my life from the early 1990s and it was all a bit of a mess.”
He didn’t in any other case reply to the small print of her account or her description of the office.
Three individuals who knew Ms. Logan on the time confirmed in interviews that she had labored at Uptown Local, together with her sister, a person her sister dated on the time, and a good friend.
There aren’t any recognized witnesses to Ms. Logan’s claims of undesirable sexual advances, however her sister, Yohanna Logan, who was her roommate that summer time, recalled that her sister instructed her of some of the alleged interactions. Yohanna Logan mentioned that her sister got here house deeply shaken not less than twice and had described the undesirable advances.
A good friend who has recognized Ms. Logan for many years and requested anonymity for worry of skilled repercussions mentioned she visited Ms. Logan at Uptown Local on one or two events that summer time. She recalled Ms. Logan saying someday that 12 months that Mr. Stringer had made not less than one undesirable advance.
Ms. Logan’s accusations comply with comparable allegations made by Jean Kim, an unpaid employee on Mr. Stringer’s 2001 marketing campaign for public advocate. Ms. Kim has accused Mr. Stringer of making undesirable sexual advances throughout that race, prices that he vehemently denied, however that led key left-wing endorsers to withdraw their help for him within the Democratic main for mayor.
Until now, no different ladies had come ahead with comparable claims, and a quantity of ladies who’ve labored with or recognized Mr. Stringer for many years have vouched for his popularity.
Ms. Logan was linked with The New York Times by means of Ms. Kim’s lawyer, Patricia Pastor, who arrange the preliminary interview; a number of follow-up conversations occurred with out Ms. Pastor’s involvement or presence. In a press release, Mr. Stringer and his workforce cited inaccuracies in Ms. Pastor’s previous remarks regarding Ms. Kim’s allegations.
“With one week to go before voting starts, Ms. Pastor is back with more allegations, this time from 30 years ago,” he mentioned. The mayoral main is on June 22 and early voting begins June 12.
Rebecca Katz, a spokeswoman for the marketing campaign, added that the allegations “predated decades of service and management by Scott Stringer in the public eye and should be considered in that context.”
Ms. Logan, who lives in Manhattan and now works within the vogue business, mentioned she known as Ms. Pastor after seeing her publicly related to Ms. Kim.
“I don’t have a lawyer, I don’t need the lawyer, I don’t want to press charges,” she mentioned. “I just wanted to really just tell my story.” She is a registered Democrat and doesn’t seem to have made donations within the mayor’s race.
Ms. Logan mentioned she had been considering of making her claims public for not less than a 12 months, however solely determined to maneuver ahead after listening to of Ms. Kim’s accusations.
“It was like this trigger,” she mentioned. “There’s like a visceral feeling hearing her on the news, and him, and hearing her and knowing she was right. I was like, I know I have to do this.”
Jean Kim was the primary girl to accuse Mr. Stringer of sexual misconduct. He has denied the allegation.Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times
Ms. Logan mentioned she started working at Uptown Local in late May or early June 1992, across the time the bar and restaurant had filed for chapter. Patrons recalled it as a dimly lit establishment with middling meals, began by a number of New York Democrats, together with Mr. Stringer, who hoped it could be a premier political hang-out. He was not an elected official on the time of the allegations, although he pursued political workplace later that 12 months.
His co-owners didn’t reply to interview requests or weren’t reachable.
Ms. Logan mentioned that Mr. Stringer typically stood uncomfortably near her and would comment on her look.
Within weeks of beginning her new job got here an unsettling interplay, Ms. Logan mentioned. As she carried trays up a flight of stairs, Mr. Stringer was strolling down it.
“He just, like, totally pats me on the butt, and like, squeezes it,” she mentioned. “I had no way of reacting. My hands weren’t free to even protect myself.”
The state of affairs, she recalled, “freaked me out.” But Ms. Logan, who acknowledges that attitudes round sexual harassment within the office have been totally different many years in the past, tried to maneuver previous it.
“I sort of glossed it over for myself saying, ‘But I’m getting paid in cash, free drinks, my friends and I are getting free drinks every night,’” she mentioned. “This dude’s a creep, so are a lot of guys at bars probably.”
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She stayed on and continued to socialize with Mr. Stringer, she mentioned, celebrating her 19th birthday at Uptown Local.
Ms. Logan mentioned that on one other event, Mr. Stringer urged that they exit to a different bar. She anticipated that they’d go someplace inside strolling distance, however as a substitute, he hailed a cab.
“I just have a memory of him in the car, putting his hand on my inner thigh,” she mentioned, including that he “definitely kissed me, like, made out with me.”
She added: “And I was like, ‘No, no, no,’ and then when I was so strong about the ‘no’ in that situation, it stopped and he kind of laughed it off, like, ‘Oh, I’m drunk, I’m sorry.’”
Yohanna Logan, who was 17 that summer time, says her sister described the incident to her on the evening that it occurred.
“I do remember her coming home and being like, more scared than I’ve ever seen her, and just telling me, like, she was really, really shaken up,” she mentioned. “I remember her saying that she was in a cab with him and that he, like, touched her, tried to, like, kiss her and she was trying to get out of it.”
Ms. Logan mentioned she felt uncomfortable round Mr. Stringer after the cab experience, however that she hoped that was the top of any undesirable advances.
One evening, she mentioned she and Mr. Stringer have been ingesting after work, when he urged going to a different bar.
She recalled that their stroll took them, ultimately, to the skin of an residence constructing. Mr. Stringer invited her up, she mentioned.
At first, the overture was playful, she recalled, and he or she responded in form, proposing that they share a cigarette and speak however saying that there was “no way” she would be a part of him upstairs.
Then Mr. Stringer started to kiss and grope her, she mentioned.
“It was almost like this out-of-body experience, where I’m like, ‘What do I do, like this is my boss,’” she mentioned. “Meanwhile he’s like, his hand going up my skirt, and my chest.”
Ms. Logan mentioned she knew clearly that she wished him to cease.
“I was like ‘No, no, no, I’m going home,’” she mentioned. “And I like, turned my back, walked away. Got a cab.”
She mentioned that she instructed her sister about what occurred that evening.
“She did tell me that he tried to kiss her,” Yohanna Logan mentioned, including that she recalled studying that Mr. Stringer had “felt her up.” She described her sister as searching for to look “tough” — “just being like, ‘I’m OK, but it’s really creepy.’”
Ms. Logan’s good friend recalled Ms. Logan telling her that Mr. Stringer had sought to get her to go upstairs with him and that Ms. Logan didn’t go. The good friend didn’t recall precisely when that dialog occurred.
Ms. Logan left the bar by late summer time for one more job, and mentioned that she by no means noticed Mr. Stringer once more. She mentioned the expertise had modified her strategy to coping with males within the office.
“It was my first job ever in New York, and it affected the way I felt about working with men really throughout my career,” she mentioned. “There’s like a lot of great men in my industry that I could feel more comfortable with, that I don’t.”
Susan C. Beachy contributed analysis.