Judge tosses out Vito Lopez sexual harassment case against Assembly
A judge ruled that the state Assembly and its members did not aid and abet former lawmaker Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment of two employees.
The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Manhattan Judge Joan Kenney tossed the case against the council since it had not directly hired the two women under Lopez’s employ who filed the suit, Victoria Burhans and Chloe Rivera.
The decision does not affect a pending lawsuit filed directly against Lopez and the Assembly’s longtime speaker, Sheldon Silver.
Lopez, a former Brooklyn powerbroker, resigned from office last year, not long after an ethics report found that he had sexually harassed as many as eight female employees, allegedly asking one staffer to feel tumors in his neck, shoulder and armpit.
Lopez has long denied the charges, leaving the office last May to pursue an unsuccessful bid for New York City Council.
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