A bombshell report has been released that found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo violated federal and state laws by sexually harassing multiple women — including current and former state employees. The report that was issued on Tuesday, Aug. 3, by the NY Attorney General’s office said that Cuomo’s actions included touching their “intimate body parts” without consent,
Cuomo also allegedly retaliated against some of the victims and created a “toxic” and hostile work environment in the Executive Chamber, officials said.
The blockbuster announcements came during a news conference at which state Attorney General Letitia James said an independent probe she commissioned had found that Cuomo engaged in “unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and making inappropriate comments.”
The probe involved accusations that Cuomo, 63, sexually harassed several current and former female staffers, most of whom are in their 20s or 30s.
In total, Investigators gathered evidence from 11 different women, nine of whom are or were state employees, said former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim, one of two outside lawyers hired to conduct the probe.
One alleged victim is a state trooper who served on Cuomo’s security detail, Kim said. The trooper told the investigators that while she was holding a door open for Cuomo, he passed by and ran his open hand against her stomach, said Anne Clark, the other lawyer who led the investigation.
“She told us she felt completely violated,” Clark said.
The most serious allegation made public to date came from a current aide who says Cuomo reached under her blouse and groped her inside his Executive Mansion office in Albany last year.
AG James hired two outside lawyers — former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim and employment discrimination expert Anne Clark — to conduct the probe, and Cuomo was grilled for about 11 hours in his Manhattan office last month, the New York Times reported Monday.
At several points, the July 17 session got heated when Cuomo confronted Kim over his role in previous federal investigations of the Governor and his allies, the Times said.
Prior to the release of the report, which will likely have devastating career consequences for the Governor, last week, several lawyers involved in the investigation toured the Executive Mansion and Cuomo’s offices in the state Capitol, where the alleged harassment is said to have taken place.
Cuomo has apologized for acting “in a way that made people feel uncomfortable” but has repeatedly denied having “touched anyone inappropriately” or engaged in other misconduct.
As of press time, the Governor, nor his office, nor his brother CNN commentator Chris Cuomo, have offered any response to the stunning report.