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Murphy volunteer suing state over ‘unanswered’ sex assault claims

January 04, 2019 - 10:53 am

TRENTON, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Katie Brennan is going to sue the state of New Jersey.

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Brennan is the former volunteer for the Murphy campaign who says she was raped in April of 2017 by Albert Alvarez who was a campaign staffer at the time.

She says she tried to pursue criminal charges, and spoke to staffers on the transition team, but no one took action.

"I had access to people in the highest positions of power in the state of New Jersey, and at each turn, my pleas for help went unanswered,” Brennan said during testimony in December. “Somehow it wasn’t a priority to address my sexual assault…until it impacted them.”

Brennan says she even emailed the governor and his wife in June, with Murphy replying that he was 'on it.' Murphy maintains that he was unaware of the nature of the email until October.

The notice names nine people including Gov. Phil Murphy, and alleges the state acted negligently and with reckless indifference when it hired ALbert Alvarez.

Alvarez has not been charged with a crime and denies the allegations.