Former Portland Mayor Adams: Sexual harassment charges not legally supported
A lawyer hired by Sam Adams has released a report that claims sexual harassment complaints made against the former Portland mayor are not legally supported.
The news comes the same week Adams made public his plan to run for the Portland City Council.
Years after Adams left the mayor's office, former staffer Cevero Gonzalez accused him of harassment in a letter to the City Council. Adams denied the accusation and asked the city to investigate them. But the City Attorney's Office said it did not have jurisdiction because neither man worked for the city any longer.
Adams left his job as director a Washington, D.C.-based think tank shortly after the letter was released, even though Gonzales did not sue him. When Adams returned to Portland last year, he hired lawyer Michael Fuller to investigate the accusations.
In a report released on Jan. 13, Fuller said he compiled and reviewed all available records on the accusations, then presented versions with Adams's and Gonzalez's names redacted to a retired Oregon judge and an employment lawyer. Both concluded there was insufficient evidence to support the accusations.
An important factor was apparently an October 2019 Willamette Week story on the case that quoted Gonzalez as saying he had no documents or witnesses to support his accusations.
The Portland Tribune has been unable to reach Gonzalez for comment.
Two days after the report was released, Adams unexpectedly filed to run for the City Council against incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. He had previously been rumored to be considering running for the vacancy created by the Jan. 2 cancer death of Commissioner Nick Fish.
Both seats are on the May primary election ballot.
Adams did not mention the report in his campaign announcement.
You can find the report here.
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