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Bronx City Councilman Andy King accused of sexual harassment

The City Council is launching an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Bronx Councilman Andy King, sources say.

The Council has scheduled a rare meeting of its Standards and Ethics committee, which handles misconduct charges against Council members, for Friday afternoon.

Last week, a Council staffer filed a complaint, saying King had made inappropriate and sexually suggestive comments to her, according to sources.

King was hit with a separate sexual harassment complaint two years ago, charging he made advances toward a staffer and got her fired when she turned him down.

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“Any issues and concerns regarding, obviously, sexual harassment are taken seriously in this Council. And we look forward to the hearing that will happen tomorrow,” Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito told reporters at City Hall Thursday.

In 2015, a former staffer with the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, which King co-chaired, filed a notice of claim for a $ 1.25 million suit against the city charging he had harassed her.

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Councilman Andy King was hit with a sexual harassment complaint two years ago, charging he made sexual advances toward a staffer and got her fired when she turned him down.

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“King created a hostile work environment by sexually harassing and intimidating claimant,” the papers said, also charging he “made demeaning, sexist remarks” and “inappropriate, unwelcome advances.”

The woman charged he abused his authority by trying to change caucus rules to give himself sole power to hire and fire staff.

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Neither King nor his spokeswoman responded to requests for comment Thursday.

The Standards and Ethics investigation involves alleged violations of a Council rule prohibiting disorderly behavior, which includes sexual harassment.

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If the committee finds King broke the rule, the Council could move to expel him, hit him with a fine or reprimand or yank his committee assignments.

“We have a process which we’re going through. I’m not going to put the cart ahead of the horse,” Mark-Viverito said when asked if any member found liable for sexual harassment should be expelled. “We acted quickly. I thank the Council members for their deliberations. They will take this up tomorrow, and we will look at the next steps.”

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The committee is expected to go behind closed doors to discuss the probe at Friday’s meeting. The Council has refused to make public any details of the probe, nor will it officially confirm the target.

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