New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo violated federal and state legal guidelines when he repeatedly sexually harassed a number of present and former New York state staff, New York Legal professional Normal Letitia James stated Tuesday.
James made the bombshell announcement as she released the findings of a months-long inquiry, led by prosecutors Joon Kim and Anne Clark, into sexual misconduct allegations made towards Cuomo by not less than seven ladies.
Unbiased investigators appointed by James concluded that Cuomo engaged in undesirable groping, kissing, and hugging, and making inappropriate feedback with a number of ladies. Cuomo and a few senior staffers additionally took half in illegal retaliation.
“The governor and his senior workers took actions to retaliate towards not less than one former worker for coming ahead together with her story, her fact,” James stated.
Among the many damning allegations towards Cuomo is a brand new accusation he sexually assaulted a New York State police trooper who was on his protecting element on a number of events.
The investigation states that after Cuomo met the trooper in November 2017 at an occasion at Robert F. Kennedy bridge, the Governor requested to maneuver her to his Protecting Providers Unit element—although she didn’t have the required expertise for the function. Throughout her employment on the PSU, the trooper alleges Cuomo was “flirtatious and creepy,” together with repeatedly touching her physique with out her consent, kissing her on the cheek in entrance of a colleague, and making a number of demeaning and sexually suggestive feedback.
“On one event in an elevator, the Governor ran his finger down the middle of Trooper #1’s again from the highest of her neck down the middle of her backbone, whereas saying, ‘hey you,’” the a 168-page report states. “On one other event, the Governor requested Trooper #1 why she would wish to get married, noting that ‘it all the time ends in divorce, and also you lose cash, and your intercourse drive goes down.’”
The trooper additionally advised investigators that Cuomo even requested her age as soon as—telling her that she was “too previous for me” when she stated she was in her late 20s.
James’ investigation started in March after a number of ladies who beforehand or at the moment labored in Cuomo’s administration accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct, together with inappropriate advances, touching, kissing on the lips. Many Democrats, together with a majority of the New York congressional delegation, had referred to as on him to step apart but Cuomo remained defiant.
James’ investigation included interviews with 179 witnesses in addition to a overview of 1000’s of paperwork, Kim stated. The governor was reportedly questioned by investigators for 11 hours over the weekend.
The sexual harassment allegations earlier this 12 months got here on the heels of separate allegations that Cuomo’s administration had hid the true tally of nursing house deaths. It threw the three-term governor’s rule into chaos, simply after he had celebrated a victory lap and revealed a guide celebrating wins over the coronavirus pandemic.
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