Woman who alleged rape from Murphy campaign staffer settles lawsuit for $1M

By KYW Newsradio 1060
SOUTH JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — An out-of-court settlement has been reached between the state of New Jersey and a woman who claimed she was raped by a staffer from Gov. Phil Murphy’s election campaign in 2017.

Katie Brennan had sued the state, the campaign, and former administration aide Albert Alvarez, contending she had been raped by Alvarez during the campaign. No criminal charges were filed, and Alvarez has steadfastly maintained his innocence.

Per the settlement, Brennan will receive $600,000 in full to go toward a charity of her choice: the Waterfront Project, which helps victims of sexual assault. She said the money will “allow low-income survivors in Hudson County to seek justice, who may not otherwise be able.”

The state will cover about $400,000 in legal fees. 

The settlement also requires the state to establish policy reforms regarding how victim complaints within state government are addressed.

“Speaking out gave me strength. My position allowed me to advocate on behalf of myself and other survivors,” said Brennan in a statement. “We have made great progress through awareness, legislation, and the reforms in this agreement. This is just the beginning. Victims, perpetrators, all of us — we are all accountable for ending sexual violence. There cannot be any bystanders.”

Alvarez has agreed to attend an anti-sexual harassment class, and he and Brennan have agreed to participate in a “restorative justice” process, which includes at least one face-to-face session in the coming months.