- The 38-year-old was accused of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing by at least one unnamed woman.
Ibrahim Khan, longtime chief of staff to New York Attorney General Letitia James has resigned, following an investigation into claims of sexual harassment. A veteran professional in New York’s policy and political circles, Khan served as James’s chief of staff for nearly a decade. The 38-year-old was accused of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing by at least one unnamed woman, The New York Times reported. James hired a private law firm to investigate the allegations.
The Times report also noted that “one woman who filed a complaint was told on Dec. 2 that her allegation of inappropriate touching and unwanted kissing had been substantiated.”
An unidentified source told Bloomberg News that none of the women who accused Khan are current employees.
Confirming Khan’s resignation on Dec. 2, a spokeswoman told The New York Times that the Attorney General’s office has protocols in place to thoroughly investigate any allegation of misconduct.” Noting that “the office takes these matters with the utmost seriousness and this situation is no different,” she said, “an independent, impartial investigation was conducted, and the employee has since resigned.”
In a statement released on Dec. 2, Khan said he “has been slated to leave the office for the private sector at the end of this year,” the end of James’s first term, The Times reported. James was re-elected last month. He insisted that his departure is unrelated to an investigation which, nevertheless, found no official workplace misconduct,” he said, and added that he “is proud of all we have achieved over these past four years in serving New Yorkers.”
The Times noted that the accusations against Khan “were particularly sensitive” for his boss, “who oversaw a 2021 sexual harassment inquiry of former New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The report added that Khan was involved in “initial communications between the attorney general’s office and Lindsey Boylan, the first woman to come forward with a sexual harassment allegation against Cuomo.”
Khan, a Long Island native, first served first as chief of staff and later first deputy public advocate under James as public advocate. A profile from James’ office during Khan’s appointment noted that under his leadership, “the office of public advocate passed more laws than all previous public advocates combined.”
Before joining James, Khan also worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2007 presidential campaign. He has earned numerous accolades, including being named a 40-under-40 rising star in City & State Magazine and a political power to watch in the New York Observer.
Khan graduated from the University of Albany with a degree in political science. In an interview with UAlbany Magazine after his appointment as James’ chief of staff, Khan said he “had a pretty good sense” of what he wanted to do with his career. At university, he served as managing editor of the Albany Student Press (ASP) and as Muslim Student Association president. “I knew I wanted to do something with words and ideas,” he told the magazine. “I always thought I would go into either journalism or some sort of public service. “
According to UAlbany Magazine Khan is married to alumni Christine Khan Nee Marrero. The couple lives in Queens.