June 4, 2020
By Christopher White
New York – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is strongly denying a second allegation by attorney Mitchell Garabedian that he abused a minor during his early ministry as a priest and says he is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Garabedian, whom he says continues to pursue false allegations against him.
“There is absolutely no truth to this allegation. I deny this outrageous and libelous claim,” he said in a statement in response to an Associated Press article on June 4.
The article claims that Samier Tadros, now 46 years old, was “repeatedly sexually abused” by DiMarzio at Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City, beginning when Tadros was about six years old.
“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,” said DiMarzio’s statement. “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.”
Garabedian said he received a letter from Tadros on March 9, detailing his accusations against DiMarzio after Tadros heard of the previous claim brought forth by Garabedian.
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