New York Attorney General Letitia James said Cuomo had violated both state and federal laws.
An official report has found Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed several women who brought forward allegations of impropriety and non-consensual touching against the Democrat figure-head, with some of the complainants working as employees in his office.
“The independent investigation has concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and in doing so violated federal and state law,” Attorney General James said.
James said Cuomo had sexually harassed the women with “unwelcome and non-consensual touching” and by making “numerous offensive comments.”
The report claims one employee was retaliated against by Cuomo and certain members of his staff when she made an initial complaint.
Two independent lawyers spoke to over 179 people over five months in conducting the investigation, finding Cuomo’s office was a “hostile work environment…rife with fear and intimidation”
When allegations were levelled against him last year, Governor Cuomo denied touching anyone inappropriately and, resisting calls for his resignation, said he was sorry if his actions had been “misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation.”
He more recently denied any and all wrongdoing, instead choosing to question the integrity of the lawyers appointed to investigate the allegations.
Today’s report will reignite pressure on the New Yorker to stand down however.
One office aide came forward late last year to allege Cuomo had grabbed her breast, whilst another, Lindsey Boylan, said he would touch her on the lower back, arms and legs, and kissed her on one occasion.
Another aide was allegedly asked by Cuomo if she was interested in sex with an older man, whilst more reported being asked other personal questions about dating and sex.
The state Assembly is now expected to consider the report in its deliberations about the possible impeachment of Cuomo for his decision to withhold data on nursing homes deaths due to Covid-19.
You are in violation, @NYGovCuomo of your own law.
Your behavior will not be tolerated.
God Bless the women who risked everything to send a clear message.
You should resign in shame. https://t.co/dxA9aE84xY
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) August 3, 2021