[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/17/art.paterson.0921.gi.jpg caption="David Paterson lashed out Wednesday at a published report alleging a top aide's history of drug arrests and alleged domestic violence.."](CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson lashed out Wednesday at a published report alleging a top aide's history of drug arrests and alleged domestic violence.
"The more recent allegations reported on by The [New York] Times would be extremely troubling if true - but the conclusions reached by the Times report are not supported by the facts," the Democratic governor said in a statement.
The New York Times article - published Wednesday with the headline "Paterson Aide's Quick Rise Draws Scrutiny" - examined the background of David Johnson, who started as an intern for Paterson when the governor was in the state Legislature and who is now a top aide.
The article by Danny Hakim and William K. Rashbaum said: "In recent months ... Mr. Johnson's ascent has been striking: he is now one of the most senior people in the governor's administration, paid $132,000. He is described as Mr. Paterson's closest confidant, a man with a designated room for his overnight stays in the Executive Mansion, and a broadening role in areas like campaign strategy, government initiatives and the management of the governor's staff."
The Times report found Johnson was "twice arrested on felony drug charges as a teenager, including a charge of selling cocaine to an undercover officer in Harlem."
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Paterson defended Johnson, saying the paper chose to "splash his youthful offenses across the pages of its newspaper - even though the courts of our state have ordered them to be sealed. ... I profoundly believe in this principle of redemption and giving young people a second chance."