NEW YORK (WPIX)—A new development in a scandal already surrounding New York Governor David Paterson could provide evidence leading to criminal charges against him, and it could even lead to him stepping down.
Paterson, himself, helped to write a statement he wanted the victim of a reported domestic violence incident to endorse.
That alleged victim was the girlfriend of one of the governor's closest aides, the now-suspended David W. Johnson.
The New York Times reports that the alleged victim, Sherr-una Booker, refused to endorse the statement, which would have denied that Paterson's aide, Johnson, was physically violent toward her.
It is the latest in a string of developments in this case, which have led to a long list of resignations of officials close to Paterson: his communications director, press secretary, police superintendent and deputy superintendent, as well as Paterson's top criminal justice advisor have all stepped down.
PIX News has reported, and Paterson admitted to, personally calling Booker. She told police that Johnson violently assaulted her last Halloween.
Paterson has denied trying to manipulate that criminal case, but Booker did not show up in court to testify the day after Paterson had called her.
PIX News waited outside the governor's Harlem home Friday morning for a response, but instead his attorney has issued this statement in part, "The governor has not done anything wrong, and he looks forward to the conclusion of Judge [Judith S.] Kaye's investigation," referring to an ongoing criminal probe by former New York Chief Judge Kaye into the governor's handling of this case.