Gov­er­nor’s for­mer aide de­nies as­sault claim

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

TREN­TON, N.J. – Al Al­varez, a for­mer of­fi­cial in New Jer­sey Gov. Phil Mur­phy’s ad­min­is­tra­tion who has been ac­cused of sex­ual as­sault, told state law­mak­ers Tues­day that he had been falsely ac­cused and that the allegation had “dev­as­tated” his ca­reer.

Ap­pear­ing in pub­lic for the first time to ad­dress a con­tro­versy that has con­sumed Tren­ton for months, Al­varez main­tained that his sex­ual con­tact with Katie Bren­nan, a Mur­phy cam­paign vol­un­teer who now works in the ad­min­is­tra­tion, was con­sen­sual.

He said the dif­fi­cul­ties he had faced were not com­pa­ra­ble to the “trauma faced by sur­vivors,” but added that the episode had brought an emo­tional toll on his fam­ily that “no one should have to go through.”

For months, law­mak­ers have been grilling top aides to Mur­phy over his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s han­dling of Bren­nan’s allegation.

– Philadel­phia Inquirer

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