A former Senate staff member told the Huffington Post that State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) forcibly kissed her outside of an Albany bar in 2015. The article was published shortly after Senator Klein held a conference call with reporters in which he pre-emptively denied the accusation, and released a memorandum from a law firm that he hired to conduct a preliminary investigation about the allegation.

Senator Klein said, “This alleged incident did not happen — period,” and asked that the Joint Committee on Public ethics (JCOPE) to investigate the matter.