New York City Councilman Who Compared Pride Parade to 'Child Porn' Called Upon to Resign

A New York City Council committee has released an in-depth report with several allegations against councilman Andy King, including King comparing the Pride parade to "child porn" and him allegedly using public funds to finance a trip to the Virgin Islands.

Though the report calls for a variety of punishments for King, including a fine, removal from committees and a one-month suspension without pay, Councilman Corey Johnson, who is openly gay, and fellow councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer want King to resign.

The committee released a 48-page report Tuesday detailing strong allegations against King. Among them were retaliations against staff members who testified against him the last three years for two separate incidents. One was for allegedly using public funds to finance his stepdaughter's wedding in the Virgin Islands, and the other to use city resources to aid a local labor union for which his wife works.

"This is totally unacceptable and inappropriate, and I condemn it in the strongest terms," Johnson said in the New York Post. "I think it's going to be hard for him to continue to discharge his duties as a council member."

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New York City Council Member Andy King holds a press conference on September 8, 2014 in New York City. He has been accused of misusing city funds and making homophobic comments. Getty/Andrew Burton

Then there was a photo of Johnson dancing with former Councilwoman Rosie Mendez surfaced, who is also openly gay, at the city's 2015 Pride parade. King compared the photo to "child pornography."

This ignited Johnson even more while calling for King's resignation.

"As an openly gay man, as an openly HIV-positive man, the comments that I read, that were in that committee report were disgusting to me," Johnson said. "This is totally unacceptable and inappropriate and I condemn it in the strongest terms and I think it's going to be hard for him to discharge his duties. I think that he should resign."

"But it goes even beyond that individual comment," Johnson said. "This is the most egregious thing I have ever seen in my six years on the City Council."

New York City Council's Committee on Standards and Ethics released the lengthy report on King, who represents part of the Bronx.

Just last year, King was accused of violating the city council's anti-harassment and discrimination policy after allegations from a female staffer.

The New York Daily News reported that King asked a female staffer to attend a winter ball in a "beautiful gown." King reportedly gripped her hand and forced her to smile at the ball, the report further stated.

King was ordered to complete ethics and sensitivity training.

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