David Johnson, one of New York Gov. David Paterson's closest and longest-serving aides, was charged yesterday with misdemeanor assault and five other offenses, the latest chapter in a domestic violence case that entangled the administration and led the governor to abandon his candidacy for election, the New York Times reports. The FBI is investigating the unauthorized access by someone at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center of the medical records of Sherr-una Booker. Booker, who has accused Johnson of assault, went to that hospital after her confrontation with him on Oct. 31, 2009.
Booker accused Johnson, her former boyfriend, of grabbing her “on her neck with both hands,” and she said he “squeezed her neck, lifting her body off the floor.” She told authorities she had difficulty breathing and speaking during the fight at her apartment. She was then pushed against her dresser while Johnson ripped off her clothing, and she bruised her leg in the melee. She said Johnson pushed her and “grabbed numerous phones out of her hand” as she tried to call the police. “You're not going anywhere. I'll [expletive] kill you before I let you go anywhere,” she said Johnson told her.