A second woman has accused New York City mayoral candidate Scott Stringer of being a sex teaser after he claimed he groped and kissed her against her will.
Teresa Logan, now 47, claims that Stringer, 61, “patted” and “kneaded” her ass in 1992 when she worked as a waitress at a bar he co-founded, called Uptown Local, in Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood. The New York Times reported.
Her allegations come after lobbyist Jean Kim alleged in April that Stringer, the outgoing city commissioner, had repeatedly groped her while she was an unpaid intern during his 2001 public advocacy campaign.
Logan told The New York Times that Stringer, then 32, reportedly groped her for the first time when she was 18 when she was carrying trays past him at the bar, which has since closed.
“He just pats me all the way on the ass and squeezes it,” she said. ‘I couldn’t respond. My hands weren’t even free to protect myself.’
Logan said the incident “scares me,” but she tried to move forward because attitudes to sexual harassment in the workplace were different at the time.
“I covered it up for myself and said, ‘But I get paid cash, free drinks, my friends and I get free drinks every night,'” she said. “This guy is a creep, probably like a lot of guys in bars.”
Teresa Logan, left, claims Scott Stringer, right, “knocked” and “squeezed” her in 1992 while working as a waitress at a bar he co-founded called Uptown Local
She said she continued to work in the bar and even celebrated her 19th birthday at Uptown Local.
She then reiterated that she agreed to go to another bar with Stringer. She told The New York Times that she expected the bar to be within walking distance and was surprised when he hailed a taxi.
She said, “I only have a memory of him in the car, placing his hand on my inner thigh.”
Logan then claimed that Stringer had “kissed” her, while repeatedly telling him “no.”
“I was like, ‘No, no, no’, and 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 I’m sorry,” she said.
In a third alleged incident, Logan said she was having drinks with Stringer after work, when he again suggested we go to another bar, but instead he took her outside of an apartment building and invited her inside. .
She suggested the two share a cigarette but told him she would “in no way” go into the building with him, she said.
Logan claimed that Stringer started groping her chest and skirt again 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 loved, turned my back, walked away. I’ve got a cab,” she told The New York Times.
Logan, who now works in the fashion industry, said Uptown Local’s performance was her “first ever job in New York” and influenced how she would work with men for the rest of her career.
In a statement to The New York Times, he said he couldn’t remember meeting Logan, but apologized if he “ever did anything that made her feel uncomfortable.”
“Although I can’t remember Mrs. Logan, I’m sorry if I ever did anything that made her feel uncomfortable,” 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 alleged in April that Stringer, the outgoing city commissioner, had repeatedly groped her while she was an unpaid intern.
Stringer previously claimed that his relationship with first-time prosecutor Kim was entirely consensual, and he has denied sexually assaulting her.
He is still among the vast field of candidates vying to become the city’s next mayor; the Democratic primary is June 22, with early voting starting June 12.
Stringer has long been seen as a possible candidate for the mayoral race because he often sparred with current mayor Bill de Blasio.
However, his campaign struggled to get off the ground and any momentum his campaign had built was destroyed when Kim came forward with her accusations.
Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic strategist, explained to the New York Post that ‘it will be impossible to get out of here’ and that the Stringer scandals will cause the left to ‘shatter’.
“The beneficiary of this is probably Maya Wiley,” he added.