NEW YORK — New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson released the following statement regarding today’s Standards & Ethics Committee hearing.

“These are incredibly disturbing allegations that follow a thorough investigation by the Council and the independent prosecutor. Council Member King has repeatedly disgraced his office with his actions. If these charges are found to be true, the Council should move to expel him. The appropriate authorities have been made aware of these allegations. I want to thank the members of the Standards & Ethics Committee and the monitors who were tasked with oversight of Council Member King for their hard work.”