Ex-NYC mayoral aide also lost previous job over harassment

NEW YORK (AP) — A mature Novel York Metropolis mayoral aide who became as soon as quietly forced out of his job over sexual harassment allegations became as soon as fired previously for equivalent causes.

The Democratic Governors Association in Washington tells The Novel York Events that Kevin O’Brien became as soon as fired in December 2015.

O’Brien had been a senior workers member for Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana. Bullock served a one-yr term as chairman of the governors association in 2015 and he despatched O’Brien to Washington to be his handbook at the organization.

O’Brien left the governors association in December 2015 after a girl employed there accused him of sexually harassing her and an investigation backed her up.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary, Eric Phillips, acknowledged on Monday night time that the mayor ideal grew to grow to be attentive to the prior misfortune as a outcomes of The Events’ reporting.

Phillips acknowledged that the Department of Investigation, as portion of a venerable background take a look at, contacted both the governors association and an administrative office that presents with personnel for the insist of Montana. He acknowledged the department “got confirmation of title and work dates and no unfavorable recordsdata.”

“After I became as soon as made attentive to the complaint against Mr. O’Brien at the Democratic Governors Association, I fully agreed with the resolution to full his employment,” Bullock acknowledged in a written assertion.

In an obvious reference to the subsequent harassment case in Novel York, Bullock added: “It’s accelerate that became as soon as no longer ample to give protection to these women folk from what has confirmed to be an unacceptable pattern of conduct on his portion. We all enjoy a responsibility to create higher and to build an conclude to sexual harassment, and I’m committed to doing my portion.”

Bullock acknowledged that he became as soon as “deeply panicked” to learn of the Novel York accusation when it became as soon as reported by The Events earlier this month.

O’Brien started work at Metropolis Hall, as deputy chief of workers, on Jan. 24, 2016, and became as soon as promoted to performing chief of workers in early 2017. He served in that capability until the conclude of that yr, following de Blasio’s re-election, when he grew to turn right into a senior adviser to the mayor.

In February 2018, two women folk accused Mr. O’Brien of sexual harassment and he became as soon as forced to forestall Metropolis Hall, even though he remained on the payroll until late March. Nonetheless Metropolis Hall at the time made no announcement about Mr. O’Brien’s departure or the trigger of it.

When reached for direct on Monday, O’Brien issued an announcement nearly about the same to person who he launched after the conditions of his departure from Metropolis Hall had been recently disclosed, blaming alcohol abuse for making “scandalous choices.”

“There’s no excuse for what I’ve performed. I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” he acknowledged. “No one deserves to be handled that means. I’ve apologized to the of us I’ve injure and will continue to create so resulting from I’m in actuality sorry.”

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