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State Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency chief of staff Katie Brennan (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

Brennan fights back after Alvarez testimony

Calls Alvarez a liar after appearance before legislative panel

By David Wildstein, March 12 2019 10:17 pm

Katie Brennan tonight strongly pushed back against Al Alvarez’s claim of consensual sexual activity, saying that he is lying.

“Mr.  Alvarez has claimed in his testimony and in the PR campaign leading up to it that my rape was consensual,” Brennan said in a statement released by her spokesperson.  “Mr. Alvarez’s deliberate omission and misrepresentation of pertinent facts and gross misleading of the public to paint himself as innocent and me as untruthful is abhorrent.”

Brennan said that Alvarez’s lawyers are  “in possession of information and documents from the prosecution file that the court has not yet ordered be provided to my team.”

“This is a disgraceful imbalance, and it must be rectified if there is any hope of ensuring me justice,” said Brennan.  “I look forward to ensuring the full truth is laid bare as we continue that pursuit of justice in this case.”

Alvarez testified before the Legislative Select Oversight Committee investigating the hiring practices of Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration.  In an opening statement and repeatedly claimed he was innocent.

His testimony came one day after a Superior Court judge ordered the Middlesex County prosecutor to provide Alvarez with a copy of their investigatory file.  Prosecutors in Hudson and Middlesex counties declined to file sexual assault charges against Alvarez.

Brennan continues to be critical of the prosecutors.

“Finally, if, as we learned today, the accused can be told of the prosecutor’s decision more than month before the survivor, we have much work to do in reforming the criminal justice system for sexual assault survivors,” Brennan said.

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