Former CDC Head Surrenders To NY Special Victims Unit
The former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former New York City Health Commissioner, Tom Friedan, was arrested yesterday on charges of sexual harassment.
Friedan is accused of sexually harassing a woman at his Brooklyn apartment.
The 57-year-old surrendered to the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit for charges of forcibly touching and sexual abuse of a woman.
The accusations are from last October and were first reported by ABC7.
Friedan has been directed by a judge to stay away from his accuser.
Friedan served as head of CDC from 2009 to 2017. He currently works for a non-profit health organization named Vital Strategies.
Friedan is historically connected to some overreaching health laws in New York City, such as the workplace smoking ban and the ban on restaurants using trans-fats.
Also during his tenure with the CDC, he was responsible for the largest pandemic organizations in CDC history which were prompted by the Zika and Ebola scares.
The Washington Post published a former co-worker of Friedan’s statement, which painted a much different picture of the man who stands accused of very serious allegations.
“I never, ever heard of any instances in the past, or any kind of accusations like this in the past,” the person said. “It’s totally out of the character that I knew and worked with.”
Author: Jim Satney
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