'Fighting for my reputation': Councilman King denies allegations made by city council report

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Bronx Councilman Andy King publicly addressed new allegations from a City Council Ethics Committee Report for the first time on Saturday.

The report accuses King of retaliating against staffers, disorderly conduct, conflicts of interest and harassment while in office.

"I am fighting for my family's life and reputation," King said.

King was initially investigated because of a 2017 sexual harassment complaint, which eventually led to a second probe earlier this year.

The more than 40-page report alleges that the councilman tried to terminate staffers who cooperated with council investigators. It also accuses King of failing to stop an office supervisor from behaving in a threatening manner towards his staff.

King is also accused of misusing council resources to benefit him and his wife. The report also states that King told his staff that he disapproved of a gay pride march.

The councilman and his lawyer say the process has not been fair. On one occasion, King says he and an attorney were left waiting to speak to council investigators who never showed.

"To say Councilman King is not cooperating is misleading," says King's attorney Pamela Hayes.

Hayes says they will be in court Monday looking to delay the council's vote by filing an Article 78, which allows for the challenging of a city's agency's action or inaction.

Jennifer Fermino, the City Council's communications director, issued a statement to News 12:

“Council Member King has refused to take part in this process since day one, despite being afforded many opportunities to do so. It is unfortunate that he is going to the media to address the disturbing findings in the report after choosing not to speak to the independent prosecutor who handled the investigation. His refusal to participate, and retaliation against staff who did, undermined the process. The investigation was thorough and fair."

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