New York AG Letitia James’ chief-of-staff resigns amid claims he sexually harassed women

New York AG Letitia James’ chief-of-staff resigns amid claims he sexually harassed two women – a year after his boss famously brought down state’s ‘sex pest’ ex-Governor Andrew Cuomo

  • Ibrahim Khan resigned as Letitia James’ chief-of-staff amid misconduct claims
  • Two women accused him of sexual harassment, including unwanted kissing
  • OAG’s office launched an independent probe after learning of the claims 
  • Khan insists the claims are unfounded and that he quit for other reasons
  • It comes a year after James’ report into harassment claims against Cuomo
  • Cuomo stepped down as governor shortly after the damaging report 

The longtime chief-of-staff to New York Attorney General Letitia James has resigned following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, a person familiar with the matter told DailyMail.com on Friday.

Ibrahim Khan, who has been a top advisor to James for nearly a decade, stepped down amid the probe, which comes a year after her investigation into harassment allegations against then-Governor Andrew Cuomo resulted in his resignation. 

The investigation into Khan covered at least two women’s sexual harassment allegations, one of which included claims of unwanted kissing and inappropriate touching, the New York Times first reported. 

Khan defended himself in a statement to the times, claiming the allegations were found to be unsubstantiated, and saying he was stepping down for unrelated reasons. 

A spokesperson for James confirmed Khan’s resignation following an investigation into ‘misconduct’ in a statement to DailyMail.com, but declined to comment on the allegations or the findings of the probe.

Ibrahim Khan, who has been a top advisor to New York AG Letitia James for nearly a decade, stepped down amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct

Ibrahim Khan, who has been a top advisor to New York AG Letitia James for nearly a decade, stepped down amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct

The allegations are particularly delicate for James following her high-profile investigation of similar sexual misconduct claims against Andrew Cuomo

The allegations are particularly delicate for James following her high-profile investigation of similar sexual misconduct claims against Andrew Cuomo

The allegations are particularly delicate for James following her high-profile investigation of similar claims against Cuomo.

Her August 2021 report concluded the Democrat had engaged in unwanted groping, kissing and sexual comments. Cuomo denied touching anyone inappropriately.

Khan has been a top aide to James since her days as New York City’s Public Advocate nearly a decade ago.

He was her campaign manager for her successful run for state attorney general in 2018, and then joined her office as chief of staff. 

James, who abandoned a short-lived run for New York governor in favor of seeking another term as top state prosecutor, was reelected last month and will begin her second term on January 1.  

Asked about Khan’s resignation on Friday, a spokesperson for James said: ‘The Office of Attorney General has protocols in place to thoroughly investigate any allegation of misconduct.’

James' August 2021 report concluded then-Governor Cuomo had engaged in unwanted groping, kissing and sexual comments. Cuomo denied touching anyone inappropriately

James’ August 2021 report concluded then-Governor Cuomo had engaged in unwanted groping, kissing and sexual comments. Cuomo denied touching anyone inappropriately

‘The office takes these matters with the utmost seriousness, and this situation is no different. An independent, impartial investigation was conducted, and the employee has since resigned,’ the statement added.

Khan did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but insisted in a statement to the Times that his departure was unrelated to the misconduct probe.

‘I’ve been slated to leave the office for the private sector at the end of this year,’ he said in the statement, claiming his departure was tied to the end of James’ first term. 

‘This is unrelated to an investigation which, nevertheless, found no official workplace misconduct,’ adding he ‘is proud of all we have achieved over these past four years in serving New Yorkers.’ 

Khan’s claim that the probe did not substantiate the allegations could not be immediately confirmed, and the OAG’s office declined to describe the findings when asked.

One of the female accusers told the Times that she was told Friday that her allegation of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing had been substantiated.

A person familiar with the matter told DailyMail.com that the incidents in question took place more than a year ago, but were only brought to the attention of the attorney general’s office in recent weeks.

The source said that women making the claims were not employees of the Office of Attorney General at the time of the alleged misconduct.

The person said that none of the allegations were delivered directly to the attorney general’s office by the women involved, but rather were passed though a series of ‘political consultants’ akin to a game of ‘telephone’.

Once the allegations surfaced, an outside law firm was brought in to conduct an independent investigation.

The ‘substantive portion’ of the investigation is already concluded, according to the source, who declined to comment on any findings that emerged. 

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