Updated 03/26/2010 05:35 PM
Lawyer Denies Paterson Drafted Statement For Aide's Alleged Abused Partner
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Governor David Paterson's lawyer is denying a story in the New York Times that accuses the governor of personally helping to draft a statement to be endorsed by a woman involved in a domestic dispute with his aide, David Johnson.
The paper says that on February 16, Paterson told his press secretary the key points that needed to be included in a brief statement sent to the woman.
He said that the couple’s breakup months earlier had been unfriendly but not violent, and that any charges related to the altercation had been dropped.
She refused to go along, telling a friend that she would not participate in “a lie."
Citing three sources aware of the situation, the Times says the message was sent to her in an e-mail through another person who is a friend of hers and Paterson.