State employee files notice of intent to sue over rape claims

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A New Jersey government employee filed a notice of intent to sue the state for damages after a sexual assault allegation.

Katie Brennan says her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a campaign staffer to Gov. Phil Murphy were ignored or downplayed. Brennan’s attorney filed the notice of tort claim last week.

The notice alleges the state acted negligently and with reckless indifference when it hired Albert Alvarez.

Brennan claims Alvarez sexually assaulted her in 2017 during Murphy's gubernatorial campaign and that she told several officials in Murphy's administration.

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Alvarez has denied the allegations, but resigned in October after being contacted by a reporter for the Wall Street Journal for a story about Brennan's claims.

State lawmakers held a hearing last month to look into the Murphy administration’s hiring practices and to determine why Alvarez was hired for such a high position. Alvarez was the top aide at the New Jersey Schools Development Authority

The Wall Street Journal reported the filing of Brennan’s tort claim notice Thursday.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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