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Author: Jonathan Allen and Joseph Aix
NEW YORK (Reuters)-The department said on Friday that a former employee accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of groping her in the administrative building in Albany and has filed a criminal case with the Albany County Sheriff’s Department.
The unnamed woman is an administrative assistant. She told state investigators that in one incident, Cuomo touched her breasts. This is the most serious allegation of sexual harassment that Cuomo has faced, and his once-rising political career as one of the country’s most powerful Democratic families is on the verge of collapse.
The former aide is one of at least 11 women who state investigators said this week were sexually harassed by Democrat Cuomo. Cuomo rejected a wide range of requests to resign, including US President Joe Biden, and faces impeachment from state legislators.
According to a report released by investigators on Tuesday, the administrative assistant told investigators that Cuomo called her to the mansion in November 2020, took her into a room, closed the door, reached under her shirt, and supported her breasts. On the bra. Written by Letitia James, Attorney General of New York.
The report also concluded that he and his staff retaliated against at least one woman who complained about him by leaking her confidential employment records to the media. James said Cuomo violated federal and state laws that prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace, but the investigation she oversees is a civil investigation and she will not be prosecuted.
The complaint was first reported by the New York Post. A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office declined to be named, but confirmed that the woman had filed a complaint and said Sheriff Craig Apple (NASDAQ:) might hold a press conference later on Friday.
Since the report was released, Cuomo has been in contact with advisers at the governor’s residence. He admitted that he was affectionate to people he met, but denied any wrongdoing. In March, when the woman’s allegations came up, his staff contacted the Albany police.
“As we said before, we took the initiative to make a referral in accordance with state policy nearly four months ago,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi said in a statement.
He also referred to a “position statement” issued by a private lawyer on Tuesday as a rebuttal to the investigator’s findings. The statement stated that Cuomo had never touched the woman’s breast, which included multiple pages of Cuomo kisses and Embrace the content of prominent figures in American politics. .
Cuomo’s office stated that Paul Fishman and Rita Gravin are two private lawyers defending Cuomo. They will be presenting at a press conference at 3:30 pm EST (1930 GMT) The report of the attorney general was published on.
The Albany County District Attorney’s Office is one of several prosecutors in the state. They have asked the attorney general’s investigators to sort out records, but did not confirm that a formal complaint had been filed on Friday.
District Attorney spokesperson Cecilia Walsh said in a statement: “This is an ongoing issue under review.”