By Patrick Reilly | November 20, 2023
Brooklyn state Sen. Kevin Parker has been accused of raping a woman who was working with him to coordinate relief efforts for Haiti nearly 20 years ago, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday by Olga Jean-Baptiste, who alleges the then-first-term state legislator raped her at her apartment in 2004 after discussing her humanitarian visit to the Caribbean island, which had just been ravaged by catastrophic flooding.
Jean-Baptiste, who was 31 at the time, had worked with Parker to gather and deliver necessities to Haiti ahead of her trip. When she returned to the US, Parker had asked if he could visit her apartment to pick up some photos and discuss her work there, according to the suit.
The two sat at Jean-Baptiste’s living room table where they chatted for some time. After Jean-Baptiste gave Parker the photographs, she stood up to say goodbye but the senator suddenly grabbed her by the wrists, she claims in the court doc.
“[Jean-Baptiste] was frozen in fear and was unable to cry out,” the lawsuit states.
She then alleges Parker took her “down the hallway of her apartment to her bedroom, made a sexual comment and put her face down on the bed.”
Then he raped her, Jean-Baptiste alleges in the suit.
She claims she never consented to any sexual acts.
The Post has reached out to Parker’s office and Jean-Baptiste’s attorneys for comment on the lawsuit. Neither immediately responded Sunday night.
A spokesperson for state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she is aware of the “disturbing” allegations.
“These allegations are extremely disturbing and we take them very seriously and we will continue to monitor this situation and we will take appropriate action as more information is learned,” the spokesperson, Mike Murphy, told The Post in a statement.
The law extended the statute of limitations for one year for sex crimes, allowing victims to sue their alleged abusers in court regardless of when the alleged crime occurred. Typically, survivors have less than five years to bring such claims in civil court.
The new allegations are not the first time Parker has been accused of assault.
The notoriously hot-headed Parker, 56, has had a history of anger issues since he was first elected to the state Legislature in 2002. His temper has often landed him in trouble.
He was arrested and charged with assault in 2005 after he punched a traffic agent for writing him a $55 ticket for double parking. After he agreed to take anger management classes, the charges were dropped.
Parker was also convicted of misdemeanor criminal mischief in 2010 after he damaged a camera belonging to a New York Post photographer outside his mother’s house in Brooklyn.
He was given three years’ probation and again ordered to attend anger management classes. Parker was also stripped of his role as majority whip, along with his chairmanship of the Energy Committee, as a result of the incident.
Then in 2019, the Democrat got into a shouting match with progressive state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi over an ethics complaint related to a social media post where Parker told a GOP operative to “kill yourself.”
Despite his controversies, he has been re-elected to the state Senate over and over again. He launched a campaign for city comptroller in 2021 but finished sixth in the Democratic primary.