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Lawyer hired by former Portland mauor releases a report in accusation that were never investigated by the city or filed in court

PMG FILE PHOTO - Former Mayor Sam Adams at a City Hall press conference.A lawyer fired by Sam Adams has released a report that claims sexual harassment complaints made against the former Portland mayor are not legally supported.

Years after Adams left the mayor's office in 2012, former staffer Cevero Gonzales accused him of harassment in a 2017 letter to the City Council. Adams denied the accusations and asked the city to investigate them. But the City Attorney's Office the city did not have jurisdiction because neither man worked for it at that time.

Adams left his job as director a Washington DC-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' and Gonzales' 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 Gonzales as saying he had no documents or witnesses that supported his accusations.

The Portland Tribune has been unable to reach Gonzales for comment.

Two days after the report was released, Adams unexpectedly filed to run for the City Council against 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 now on the May primary elction ballot.

Adams did not mention the report in his campaign announcement.

You can find the report at

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