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Brooklyn power broker Vito Lopez was censured last week for sexually harassing two employees, one of whom claimed she struggled against him as he tried to kiss her on a business trip.Now the New York Times is coming out with shocking first-hand accounts from five female former employees of the state assemblyman. The Times also reported the Empire State paid $103,080 to settle two women’s claims while Lopez himself paid out $32,000.
The first-person accounts from the former employees of the 71-year-old Democrat – four of whom spoke anonymously – are particularly shocking.
Here are some of the more egregious claims reported by the Times:
- He allegedly told one woman he would like her shirt better if she didn’t wear a bra.
- Three women say Lopez told them to wear short skirts.
- All five women said their boss expected them to be free seven days a week, with one saying he gave her a hard time for taking a brief vacation.
- One woman said Lopez would comment on how his employees were “well endowed.”
Lopez has denied the allegations and issued the following statement quoted by The Times:
“The charges made against me are unfair and untrue. Never did I intentionally touch or attempt to kiss either of the complainants. I have never forced myself on anyone, nor would I.”
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