Ex-CDC Director Says Sexual Misconduct Allegation ‘Does Not Reflect’ Who He Is

on August 4, 2016 in Doral, Florida.
DORAL, FL - AUGUST 04: Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, speaks to the media about the outbreak of the Zika virus during a visit to Miami-Dade County Emergency Management center on August 4, 2016 in Doral, Flori... DORAL, FL - AUGUST 04: Director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, speaks to the media about the outbreak of the Zika virus during a visit to Miami-Dade County Emergency Management center on August 4, 2016 in Doral, Florida. The CDC director and Florida governor Rick Scott toured the Wynwood area today where the Zika virus has been found and they continue to advised pregnant women to avoid the area. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Former CDC Director Tom Frieden, who was arrested Friday on the basis of an alleged incident where he forcibly touched a woman in his Brooklyn home in October 2017, says that the accusation “does not reflect” who he is, according to the Associated Press.

The victim is reportedly a 55-year-old woman who is accusing Frienden of grabbing her behind without her consent. He has been charged with “forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment,” according to the AP.

A statement was reportedly released on his behalf. “The allegation does not reflect Dr. Frieden’s public or private behavior or his values over a lifetime of service to improve health around the world,” said a statement issued on his behalf.

Per AP, police have been conducting an investigation since the woman reported the crime, and now have Frieden in custody awaiting a court appearance on Friday.

 

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