Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who ran the Amenities for Sickness Administration and Prevention for eight years beneath President Obama, was arrested in Brooklyn on Friday morning and charged with groping a woman in his rental in October 2017, the police said.
A 55-year-old lady bought right here forward to the police in July and said that Dr. Frieden squeezed her buttocks in the direction of her will 9 months earlier, on Oct. 20, the police said. She knowledgeable investigators the incident occurred as she was leaving a gathering at Dr. Frieden’s residence on Montague Avenue in Brooklyn Heights.
At 10 a.m. on Friday, Dr. Frieden surrendered to the police on the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights.
He was arraigned Friday afternoon sooner than Justice Michael Yavinsky in Kings County Felony Courtroom docket on bills of forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and harassment. The select launched Dr. Frieden with out bail, ordering him to surrender his passport and to haven’t any contact with the sufferer. Neither he, nor his lawyer, Laura A. Brevetti, commented as they left the courthouse.
The girl who said she had been groped, an artist in New York Metropolis, had been a vocal #MeToo activist sooner than the Oct. 20 incident, creating artwork work related to the movement. In April, she wrote an article in an web publication describing her transition from activist to sufferer, and related the events of that evening time with out naming her abuser.
She said Dr. Frieden groped her whereas their spouses weren’t attempting, and apologized later, citing non-public points he was having. She said that after worrying for some time about hurting anyone by coming forward, she decided to place in writing her article. She could not be reached for contact upon Friday.
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Dr. Frieden, 57, stepped down from the C.D.C. in January 2017 and went on to run a nicely being initiative that focuses on coronary coronary heart nicely being and epidemic preparedness. He had served as New York Metropolis’s nicely being commissioner from 2002 to 2009 beneath Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
He led the C.D.C. by way of quite a lot of worldwide nicely being crises, along with outbreaks of the Zika and Ebola viruses, the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis and the opioid epidemic. As New York’s nicely being commissioner from 2002 to 2009, he oversaw the citywide ban on smoking in bars and totally different locations and led efforts to take away trans fats in consuming locations.
In an interview last yr, Dr. Frieden spoke of his targets at his new group, Resolve to Save Lives, a $225-million, five-year initiative, along with chopping the inhabitants’s sodium and trans fat consumption and curbing hypertension.
The group relies at Essential Strategies, a public nicely being nonprofit in New York. In a press launch on Friday, the president of Essential Strategies, José L. Castro, defended Dr. Frieden, who he said educated him in April of a woman who had accused him of inappropriate bodily contact. Mr. Castro said that Dr. Frieden had knowledgeable him that the accuser was a buddy who had recognized him and his family for 30 years.
“I’ve recognized and labored rigorously with Dr. Frieden for virtually 30 years and have seen firsthand that he has the perfect ethical necessities every personally and professionally,” Mr. Castro said in his assertion.
Mr. Castro said the nonprofit had an outdoor educated conduct an investigation earlier this month to seek out out whether or not or not there are any points about Dr. Frieden’s habits with staff, and that inquiry found “no incidents of workplace harassment.”