Kevin Johnson Will Not Seek Re-Election As Mayor Of Sacramento
Jake ODonnell 08:51 am, October 21st, 2015
After an archived interogation video was released last week of a 17-year-old Amanda Koba -- who stayed with Kevin Johnson's family during the summer of 1995 when she was 16 -- detailing her abuse at the hands of Johnson to Phoenix police. There were no charges brought at the time, however, the video below makes it hard to believe Johnson's claim of innocence. More damning still, the former NBA All-Star has been accused of unwanted sexual advances on other girls and women since buying Koba's silence for a reported $230,600.
The sobering recording puts a face to his accuser -- who appears very sincere, unlike Johnson, who seems glib at every turn -- giving credence to the other accusations, which likely prompted his decision to not run for re-election as Mayor of Sacramento. That's probably a good idea.
[Deadspin] Recently, Koba put a name to the accusations against Johnson. This recording puts a face and a voice to them. These allegations include Johnson fondling Koba—a child, who was barely half his age when they met—and having her join him in shower stalls and prayer sessions. The video has her talking about how “he knew my age from the day I met him,” proven by the flowers and card she says she received from Johnson on her 16th birthday. It shows that Koba was upset about being interviewed by police, worrying that she might hurt Johnson’s career. The only child of a single-parent home, she is distraught talking about how a man who came into her life as a “father figure” asked her to leave her house late at night, wearing just a sweatshirt and socks, but no underwear. It finds the youngster—who according to the police report had been hospitalized for an eating disorder and weighed 95 pounds at the time of the interview—saying she was scared for her own well-being because Johnson’s hangers-on “know where I go to school.” She tells police she’s going ahead with the interview, however, because she thinks there might be others out there being abused by the rising Suns star. At the end of the session, Detective Smith tells her that he, too, believes that Johnson “is probably taking advantage of other young people.”
“If he gets away with this,” Smith asks her, “what’s going to stop him?”