- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 17, 2006

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to James McGreevey has denied the ex-governor’s claim of a sexual affair in the Democrat’s new tell-all book.

“I didn’t have sex with him ever,” Golan Cipel told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “In his book, he talks about love, but I never heard anything from McGreevey that was affectionate. The only thing I experienced from him was sexual harassment.”

Mr. McGreevey declared in August 2004 that he is homosexual, had had an affair with a man and was resigning as governor. The man was later identified as Mr. Cipel, a former state homeland security adviser.

At the time, Mr. Cipel threatened to sue Mr. McGreevey for sexual harassment. A lawsuit was never filed, and the statute of limitations lapsed.

Speaking by phone from Israel, where he works, Mr. Cipel told the Inquirer that he needed to counter what he described as lies in McGreevey’s book, “The Confession,” which is due in bookstores tomorrow. Mr. Cipel, 37, has said he is not homosexual.

Mr. McGreevey says that in December 2001, while his wife was in the hospital after childbirth, he began an affair with Mr. Cipel. Mr. McGreevey told the Associated Press yesterday that his account “is rigorously, if not painfully, honest.”

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