Tom Frieden, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was arrested Friday in NY amid allegations he groped a woman in his apartment.
Tom Frieden, a leading public health expert instrumental in the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis and to legislating against smoking, was arrested and charged with sexual harassment on Friday. The woman's name was not divulged.
The woman is said to have reported the incident to police in July, and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office interviewed her and found the claim to be credible. He was released on his own recognizance.
A number of prominent men in business, entertainment, and the media in the United States have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past year in what has become known as the #MeToo movement.
In his former job, he led CDC work that is credited with helping to end the Ebola epidemic. He appeared frequently on cable news channels to explain the CDC's initiatives to staunch the crises. He turned himself in to the NYPD on Friday and faces two misdemeanor charges of forcible touching and sexual abuse, as well as harassment, a violation, reports the Daily News. He was appointed to head the CDC by former President Barack Obama in 2009. He stepped down in 2017.
Jose Castro, president and CEO of Vital Strategies, the parent nonprofit of Resolve to Save Lives, said he was informed in April by Frieden "that a non-work-related friend of his and his family of more than 30 years accused him of inappropriate physical contact". Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have funded the program.
"I have known and worked closely with Dr. Frieden for almost 30 years and have seen first-hand that he has the highest ethical standards both personally and professionally", Castro said. His lawyer also said nothing.