Update: This afternoon, Coughlin and his leadership issued an updated statement: “In the past 24 hours, more information has come to light regarding the horrific account given by Ms. Brennan, published by Wall Street Journal. As the situation continues to unfold and new facts are presented we will swiftly determine the appropriate next steps with every option on the table.”
The Assembly Democratic leadership said that the handling of Katie Brennan’s allegations that Al Alvarez raped her should be thoroughly reviewed, but they stopped short of calling for a legislative investigation.
“The handling of Ms. Brennan’s allegations must be thoroughly reviewed. So should the system which has ignored her voice. We are committed to both,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Speaker Pro-Tempore Gordon Johnson, Assemblywomen Eliana Pintor Marin and Shavonda Sumter, and Assemblyman John Burzichelli in a join statement issued this morning.
The Democrats also pledged legislative action to repair a system that Brennan claims left her without justice.
“The allegations published in the media thus far are more abhorrent than imaginable. Ms. Brennan was remarkably brave to provide such details, on the record, of such a harrowing experience,” the six Assembly Democratic leaders said. “Her experience and story speak to a systemic failure within the current system. The current system is unacceptable and intolerable. It requires legislative action.”