New York Attorney General’s Chief of Staff Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Chief of staff to New York Attorney General Letitia James resigned Friday after the launch of an investigation for allegations of sexual misconduct. Ibrahim Khan has been among James’ most trusted political advisors for nearly a decade. He was a spokesperson for James’ New York City public advocate campaign in 2013 and became chief of staff once she took office.

Khan was accused of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing by at least one woman. James’ office confirmed the resignation. The Attorney General’s office follows protocols by launching the investigation into the alleged misconduct. A spokesperson said, “The office takes these matters with the utmost seriousness.”

The office was privy to the allegations several weeks ago but was not notified directly by the complainants. The complaints did not involve current employees at the attorney general’s office. Instead, two former employees were involved in the allegations.

Khan said he planned to leave the office at the end of this year, and the investigation is unrelated to his resignation. Khan told The Times he “is proud of all we have achieved over these past four years in serving New Yorkers.” The allegations involved former employees of the attorney general’s office. The Times reported that the woman who filed the complaint was told her claims were substantiated. However, the official investigation so far has found no misconduct inside the workplace.

James launched an investigation in 2021 into sexual harassment allegations against Andrew Cuomo. The study of Cuomo ultimately led to the Democratic governor’s resignation. At the time, she stated, “no man can be allowed to harass women or violate human rights laws, period.” The Attorney General has used her position to investigate the Trump Organization as well.