Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 4, 2020 / 09:05 am
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has denied a second allegation of sexual abuse, and said he is considering taking legal action for libel against his accusers. Both allegations relate to the bishop’s time as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark in the 1970s.
On Thursday, Associated Press reported that Samier Tadros had accused Bishop DiMarzio of sexual abuse, allegedly committed in the 1970s while DiMarzio was a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.
“This is clearly another attempt to destroy my name and discredit what I have accomplished in my service to God and His people, including my efforts to fight the scourge of sexual abuse,” DiMarzio said in a statement June 4.
“I have retained counsel and am contemplating filing a lawsuit against those responsible for these accusations, which have no basis in fact. I am ready, willing, and able to go to trial to defend myself.”
DiMarzio is already the subject of a Vatican ordered investigation, following the first allegation, made in November, 2019, which DiMarzio has also categorically denied.
In his statement on Thursday, Bishop DiMarzio said that “there is absolutely no truth to this allegation,” which he characterized as “outrageous and libelous.”
DiMarzio’s lawyer, Joseph Hayden said in a statement released by the diocese that “We have uncovered conclusive evidence of Bishop DiMarzio’s innocence.”
“Both allegations against my client are more than 40 years old, and the accusers are each seeking 20-million dollars from the Newark Archdiocese. We have been investigating these claims and we have uncovered conclusive evidence of Bishop DiMarzio’s innocence.”