NEW YORK (AP) — An investigation found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed nearly a dozen women in and out of state government and worked to retaliate against one of his accusers, New York ’s attorney general announced Tuesday, hastening calls for the Democrat’s resignation or impeachment.
from a onetime close ally.“I think he should resign,” he told reporters Tuesday.The governor remained defiant, saying in a taped response to the findings that “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed” and that he “never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.”
The nearly five-month investigation,, concluded that 11 women who said that Cuomo had touched them inappropriately, commented on their appearance or made suggestive comments about their sex lives were telling the truth.ADVERTISEMENTThose accusers included an aide who said Cuomo groped her breast at the governor’s mansion and a state trooper on his security detail, who said he ran his hand or fingers across her stomach and her back.
Anne Clark, who led the probe with former U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, said the allegations were corroborated to varying degrees, including by other witnesses and contemporaneous text messages.“These interviews and pieces of evidence revealed a deeply disturbing yet clear picture: Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees in violation of federal and state laws,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said at a press conference on Tuesday. headtopics.com
Many of the women said they feared retaliation if they reported the governor’s behavior, investigators said. On at least one occasion, the probe found, Cuomo’s staff took action “intended to discredit and disparage” an accuser — Lindsey Boylan, the first former employee to publicly accuse him of wrongdoing — including leaking confidential personnel files and drafting a letter attacking her credibility.
The investigation’s findings,detailed in a 165-page public report, turn up the pressure on the 63-year-old governor, who just a year ago was widely hailed for his steady leadership during the darkest days of the COVID-19 crisis, even writing a book about it.
Since then, he’s seen his standing crumble with a drumbeat of harassment allegations, questions in a separate, ongoing inquiry into whether state resources went into writing the book, and the discovery that his administration concealed the true number of nursing home deaths during the outbreak.
The revelations, most of which were initially made public last winter, led to a chorus of calls then for Cuomo’s resignation from many top elected Democrats in New York. U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said after the report’s release Tuesday that it reinforces a call for his resignation they first made last March. headtopics.com
“No elected official is above the law. The people of New York deserve better leadership in the governor’s office. We continue to believe that the Governor should resign,” they said in a joint statement.While James concluded the investigation without referring the case to prosecutors for possible criminal charges, local authorities could use its evidence and findings to mount their own cases. Albany District Attorney David Soares said he will be requesting material from James’ office and welcomed victims to contact his office with information.
ADVERTISEMENTThe investigation’s findings are also expected to play an important role in an ongoing state Assembly inquiry into whether there aregrounds to impeach Cuomo, who has been raising money for a potential fourth term in office. The Assembly hired its own legal team to investigate myriad allegations regarding harassment, his book, nursing homes and special access to COVID-19 testing.
Several Cuomo accusers demanded swifter action, calling on the governor to leave office immediately. Some Democratic and Republican state lawmakers joined them, along with one-time Cuomo allies including county executives and leaders of left-leaning political groups.
Lt. Gov Kathy Hochul, who would succeed Cuomo is he is removed or resigns, called the behavior detailed in the report “repulsive and unlawful behavior” and said, “No one is above the law.”In his taped response, Cuomo apologized to two accusers: Charlotte Bennett, who said the governor asked if she was open to sex with an older man after she confided in him that she had been a victim of sexual assault, and a woman he kissed at a wedding — an incident reported in a front-page story in The New York Times. Cuomo said he was hiring an expert to reform sexual harassment training for state employees, including the governor. headtopics.com
But he denied other allegations as fabricated and lashed out at the investigative process, saying it was rife with “politics and bias.” He explained that he’s been physically embracing people his whole life, that his mother and father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, had done the same and that the gesture was meant to “convey warmth.”
Cuomo’s lawyer issued a written rebuttal to the investigation’s findings, arguing in most cases that serious allegations, like the alleged groping, didn’t happen, or that his actions were misconstrued.“For those who are using this moment to score political points or seek publicity or personal gain. I say they actually discredit the legitimate sexual harassment victims that the law was designed to protect,” Cuomo said.
Bennett called the governor’s apology to her “meaningless.”“If he were sorry, he would step down. That’s how accountability works,” she told The Associated Press. “I don’t believe he will resign. I think it’s the speaker’s job now to begin impeachment proceedings.”
The report detailed, for the first time, allegations that Cuomo sexually harassed a female state trooper on his security detail. It said that in addition to touching the trooper, Cuomo kissed her on the cheek, asked for her help in finding a girlfriend and asked why she didn’t wear a dress.
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cmburch He should call in himself to step down as well. For obvious reasons. You think? KTLA Quacks like a duck, walks line one, must be! The accusations become real, when multiple women say the same thing? Some truth to the allegations. Trial time, how slimmee is he When will Cuomo be charged with an offence ?
he is a man isnt he?let the girls dress less inviting. Trump first, then Gaetz, then Jordan, then Cuomo. I disagree with this until all Republicans who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault goes to trial and loses their positions! Let’s start with TRUMP! 1 Corinthians 2:4 KJV And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
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New York Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women, Investigation Finds New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women during his time in office, created a hostile work environment and retaliated against at least one former employee, the state attorney general said. nydems you going to do anything about this or keep pretending not to see it A Democrat BadgeofHonor Everyone’s favorite is done DONE…they’re about to go HAM and try and throw the whole man away!
SethAbramson trumpsarapist DO NOT RESIGN!! Team NYGovCuomo I'm sure the GOP will somehow spin Democrats' unanimous renouncement of Cuomo in a negative manner. Thanks, POTUS Love the liberal comments that “this is how is done”. If Cuomo was republican whe would have been guilty till proven innocent. Once it effects one of their own it was innocent till proven guilty. Liberal way is believing accusers unless they are accusing a democrat.
That is bullshit!! Why did all the politicians close eyes on all the Trump issues. Apparently they wanted money. Cuomo don’t retire Yet POTUS JoeBiden Biden ALSO swept away the federal investigation into nursing home deaths. We call this selecting the lesser of two evils. Gross. Disgusting. 'step down' NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE. Typical Dem leader move right there.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing mounting pressure to resign after an investigation found he sexually harassed nearly a dozen women. State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, also a Democrat, says it is clear he can no longer remain in office. DavidKlepper Biden lost all my donations to him and the DNC
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women, Attorney General Says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, the investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James states. The report was released Tuesday morning. The investigation also states…
WhereIsFredo As long as nobody affiliated with tRump gets anywhere near the Governor’s office after him! Predicted by So we’re going to use sexually harass and probe in the same headline Even president pedo is disowning him lol They are no longer allegations If he committed a crime, as the district attorney suggests, let's see the evidence. Charge him and let his accusers testify in open court. Otherwise, this is political theatre.
A totally valid take (that I support) and yet the more appropriate question by journalists would be about the resignations of GovRonDeSantis and GovAbbott who are CLEARLY adversely impacting more lives.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, state attorney general report saysThe New York attorney general's investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo found that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday. Maybe he can become the next President of the United States like trump if he adds a little White Supremacy to his agenda Y siguen con eso His brother likes that
Y aquí los defienden 🤷🏽♂️ Hey Andrew, Remember when you were gonna be the next President. Well, maybe you can coach soccer. CuomosGottaGo If they have corroborating evidence then file charges in mean time we have a nation to save from virus and Fascism . 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 Uh ohhh Well with everything going around if he had any sort of intelligence it definitely would be best for Cuomo to step down
Joe Biden Calls On New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo To ResignBREAKING: Biden has called on New York governor Andrew Cuomo to resign after an investigation found that the governor sexually harassed multiple women during his tenure. That's a surprise. HandsyAndy So long and thanks for all the fish.
Joe Biden Calls On New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo To ResignPresident Joe Biden called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to resign Tuesday after an explosive report concluded that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. “I think he should resign,” Biden said at a press conference.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo strongly denies claims in bombshell sexual harassment report New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is accused of sexually harassing at least 11 women in a report overseen by Attorney General Letitia James. NYGovCuomo Please step down. Resign NYGovCuomo