Klein Denies Report About Unwanted Kiss


Sen. Jeff Klein was accused earlier this week by Erica Vladimer of forcibly kissing her outside an Albany bar in the early spring of 2015. She told New York City's NY1 cable television news Thursday that she was inspired to come forward now after Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct dating back years.

True Blue New York, a women-led anti-IDC group, noted State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recently introduced legislation to combat sexual harassment in government. The Senator says he did hear a rumour about an alleged incident the next day, April 1st, 2015, but told others he did not try to kiss the staffer and soon forgot about it.

Lewis Kaminski, who plans to run against Klein in the upcoming primary elections, released a statement late Wednesday expressing his admiration for Vladimer, adding "she deserves our respect for showing this kind of courage and sharing her story in the face of what must be tremendous pressure".

The friend, whom the Huffington Post did not name because she still works in the Senate, also spoke to a reporter for the website about Vladimer being upset and confiding in her the night of the alleged incident.

On Tuesday, Krueger said Vladimer called her to tell her the Huffington Post article would publish Wednesday. Klein is the leader of a breakaway group of Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC). Those are the facts.

"I want to be crystal clear, this alleged incident never happened, nor did anything inappropriate happen in any fashion that evening, period", Klein said.

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Klein had an impromptu conference call to the press on Wednesday afternoon, in which he denied the accusations. "I agree with Senator Klein and with Senator Krueger that this disturbing situation should be investigated, and I believe it should be done immediately and independently".

Klein is the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, a subset of Democratic state senators in NY who often vote with Republicans.

Klein hired a law firm to conduct interviews concerning the allegation and shared the findings with reporters in a memo. "This incident never occurred". That included Klein and Democratic state Sen. His primary challengers are taking this opportunity to speak out against him, and on behalf of women who say they have been victims of sexual harassment. "Klein would have, in full view of both his longtime girlfriend, numerous staff members, and in the middle of a very visible and public street, assault Ms. Vladimir [sic], as her allegation inaccurately suggest", Zweig's statement said.

She told HuffPost of other incidents of sexual harassment she faced while working for the Senate, including an incident in which a married man whom she looked up to as a mentor told her the two had "sexual tension" to sort out.

"I find her to be a honest and credible person who was clearly very shaken about what happened to her that she made the decision to leave state government in Albany because of it", Krueger told HuffPost. We have the Senate Dems who put out legislative packages on sexual harassment, and the governor saying he's.

Gov. Cuomo said Friday there would be an investigation into allegations that Bronx state Sen. What's the IDC going to do? Klein sent a letter to JCOPE leaders Thursday asking for a probe.