A second woman has accused NYC mayoral candidate Scott Stringer of being a sex pest after claiming he groped and kissed her against her will.
Teresa Logan, now 47, claims that Stringer, 61, ‘patted’ and ‘squeezed’ her butt in 1992 as she worked as a waitress at a bar he co-founded called Uptown Local in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, The New York Times reported.
Her allegations come after lobbyist Jean Kim in April claimed that Stringer, the outgoing city comptroller, had repeatedly groped her while she was an unpaid intern on his campaign for public advocate in 2001.
Logan told The New York Times that Stringer, then 32, allegedly first groped her when she was 18 as she carried trays past him at the bar, which has since closed.
‘He just, like, totally pats me on the butt, and like, squeezes it,’ she said. ‘I had no way of reacting. My hands weren’t free to even protect myself.’
Logan said that the incident ‘freaked me out’ but that she tried to move on because attitudes around sexual harassment in the workplace were different at the time.
‘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 said. ‘This dude’s a creep, so are a lot of guys at bars probably.’
Teresa Logan, left, claims that Scott Stringer, right, ‘patted’ and ‘squeezed’ her butt in 1992 as she worked as a waitress at a bar he co-founded called Uptown Local
She said she continued to work at the bar and even celebrated her 19th birthday at Uptown Local.
She then recounted another time when she agreed to go with Stringer to another bar. She told The New York Times she expected the bar to be in walking distance and was surprised when he hailed a cab.
She said: ‘I just have a memory of him in the car, putting his hand on my inner thigh.’
Logan then claimed Stringer ‘made out’ with her as she repeatedly told him ‘no.’
‘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’,’ she said.
In a third alleged incident, Logan said she was drinking with Stringer after work when he again suggested going to another bar – but instead led her to the outside of an apartment building and invited her inside.
She suggested the two share a cigarette but told him there was ‘no way’ she was going with him into the building, she recounted.
Logan alleged that Stringer again began groping her chest and up her skirt while kissing her in a situation she described as an ‘out-of-body experience.’
‘I was like ‘No, no, no, I’m going home,’ And I like, turned my back, walked away. Got a cab,’ she told The New York Times.
Logan, who now works in the fashion industry, said that the Uptown Local gig was her ‘first job ever in New York’ and affected how she felt about working with men the rest of her career.
In a statement to The New York Times, Stringer indicated he did not recall meeting Logan but apologized if he ‘ever did anything to make her uncomfortable.’
‘While I do not remember Ms. Logan, if I ever did anything to make her uncomfortable, I am sorry,’ he said.
‘Uptown Local was a long-ago chapter in my life from the early 1990s and it was all a bit of a mess.’
Her allegations come after Jean Kim in April claimed that Stringer, the outgoing city comptroller, had repeatedly groped her while she was an unpaid intern
Stringer previously claimed his relationship with first accuser Kim was entirely consensual, and he has denied sexually assaulting her.
He remains among the large field of candidates vying to become the city’s next mayor; the Democratic primary is June 22, with early voting starting June 12.
Stringer had long been thought a possible contender for the mayoral race for often sparring with current mayor Bill de Blasio.
However, his campaign struggled to get off the ground and any momentum his campaign had built was snuffed out when Kim came forward with her allegations.
Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic strategist, explained to the New York Post that ‘It’s going to be impossible to get out of this’ and that the Stringer scandals will cause the left to ‘splinter.’
‘The beneficiary of this is probably Maya Wiley,’ he added.