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NYC Mayor Adams taps Elon Musk, Jay-Z lawyer to rep him in sexual assault case 


Celebrity attorney Alex Spiro, whose clients include Elon Musk and Jay-Z has been retained to represent Mayor Adams against a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a police colleague over three decades ago, according to a new court filing.

The Manhattan Supreme Court filing submitted Monday says Alex Spiro, partner at the Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan law firm, has signed on to serve as Adams’ co-counsel in the case brought by Lorna Beach-Mathura, a Florida resident who alleges the mayor assaulted her while they worked together at the city Transit Police Department in 1993.

Adams denies the assault claim and has said he doesn’t recall ever meeting Beach-Mathura.

The new court filing says Spiro will also serve as co-counsel for the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, which Beach-Mathura named as a defendant alongside Adams, alleging it discriminated against her and helped “enable” his conduct.

The city Law Department will continue to also represent Adams and the NYPD together with Spiro in the assault case, according to the court papers.

It’s unclear from the filing how Spiro’s representation will be paid for. Spiro, City Hall and the Law Department didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

Mayor Eric Adams (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)
Mayor Eric Adams (Theodore Parisienne for New York Daily News)

Megan Goddard, an attorney for Beach-Mathura, did not immediately return a request for comment.

The mayor drew some pushback over his decision to have the Law Department represent him in Beach-Mathura’s case, given that the accusation pertains to an alleged incident that predates his time in public office. Sylvia Hinds-Radix, Adams’ corporation counsel, told reporters last month that her agency made the determination that he’s entitled to Law Department representation, given that he was a city police officer at the time of the alleged assault.

Spiro’s client list a who’s who of celebrity A-listers.

Musk, the brash billionaire founder of Tesla, tapped Spiro in 2022 to oversee Twitter’s legal, marketing and trust teams after buying the social media giant for $44 billion.

Since then, Spiro has continued to represent Musk in various capacities, including in a 2023 securities fraud trial that alleged Musk had misled Tesla investors. Musk was found not liable in that trial.

His representation of Jay-Z has included defending the renowned rapper against a claim that he was liable for $67 million in damages over a failed cologne deal. After Spiro stepped in, Jay-Z was instead awarded $4.5 million in royalties.

Spiro’s celebrity clients have also included Mick Jagger, Megan Thee Stallion and rapper Bobby Shmurda.

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