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Ousted de Blasio aide had previous harassment accusations

January 29, 2019 - 11:04 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- City Hall says Mayor Bill de Blasio was not aware that his former Chief of Staff Kevin O'Brien had been fired from his previous job after being accused of sexual harassment.

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The mayor acknowledged last month that his administration kept secret that O'Brien was forced to resign his city post after two women accused him of the same.

“The misconduct in this case literally makes me sick to my stomach,” the mayor said.

The New York Times says barely a month before the mayor hired him, O'Brien had been fired as a senior adviser to the Democratic Governors Association.

A spokesman for the mayor said the Department of Investigation had contacted O'Brien's precious employer which reported no adverse information.

O'Brien blamed alcohol for the horrible decisions he has made.

“There’s no excuse for what I’ve done. I’m embarrassed and ashamed,” O'Brien's statement read. “No one deserves to be treated that way. I’ve apologized to the people I’ve hurt and will continue to do so because I am truly sorry.”

De Blasio said O'Brien had been allowed to resign to protect the women who made the accusations.