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Rape claim against Murphy campaign staffer settles for $1M

Katie Brennan
Posted at 5:16 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 17:16:26-04

TRENTON, N.J. — Lawyers say a lawsuit by a state employee alleging that a fellow worker on the campaign of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy raped her has been settled for $1 million.

The announcement Friday wraps up a case that reinforced perceptions of misogyny in state politics and led to a legislative investigation.

Katie Brennan says she will spend $400,000 of the settlement on legal fees and donate the rest to legal aid for people in need.

Her lawsuit named the state, the campaign and Albert Alvarez, the man she says sexually assaulted her.

Alvarez did not comment. Murphy called the settlement “fair and reasonable.”