Mayor Adams says top aide Tim Pearson ‘deserves due process’ amid sexual harassment allegations against him

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday came to the defense of his top aide Tim Pearson, who was accused of sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed last week — saying that he deserves “due process,” while declining to address the specifics of the case.

The more than 50-page complaint, brought last Thursday by former NYPD officer Roxanne Ludemann, alleges that Pearson made numerous inappropriate comments to her and often touched her without consent while she worked under him in a recently established mayoral office. She also charged that Pearson blocked her career advancement after she rejected his advances, driving her to an early retirement.