Breaking from the New York Times:
Paterson Said to Direct Aides to Influence Abuse Case
Gov. David A. Paterson personally directed two state
officials to contact the woman who had accused his close aide
of assaulting her, according to three people with direct
knowledge of the governor’s actions.
According to one person who was briefed on the matter, the
governor instructed his press secretary, Marissa Shorenstein,
to ask the woman to publicly describe the episode as
nonviolent, contradicting her accounts to the police and in
Mr. Paterson also enlisted another state employee, Deneane
Brown, a mutual friend of the governor and the accuser, to
make contact with the woman before she was due in court to
finalize an order of protection against the aide.
These accounts provide the first evidence that Mr. Paterson
helped direct an effort to influence the accuser.