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New York A-G says Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, broke laws

CM 03/08/2021 1


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A five-month investigation has found that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law, creating a “climate of fear” within his office, state Attorney General Letitia James said on Tuesday.

The independent inquiry showed that Cuomo engaged in unwanted groping, kissing and hugging, and made inappropriate comments to a total of 11 women, James told a news briefing, adding that the Democratic governor’s office had become a “toxic workplace” that enabled harassment to occur.”I never touched anyone inappropriately,” said Cuomo, a Democrat who has served as governor since 2011. “That is just not who I am and that’s not who I have ever been.”
The findings, detailed in a scathing 168-page report, could deal a devastating blow to Cuomo’s political future and hinder his administration, although the probe was civil in nature and will not directly lead to any criminal charges against him.

“These 11 women were in a hostile and toxic work environment. We should believe women,” said James, a Democrat.
“What this investigation revealed was a disturbing pattern of conduct by the governor of the great state of New York,” James added.
There was no immediate comment from the governor’s office. Cuomo, 63, has denied wrongdoing.
Carl Heastie, speaker of the Democratic-controlled New York Assembly who has authorized an impeachment investigation into Cuomo’s conduct, in a statement called the report’s findings “disturbing” and said they pointed to “someone who is not fit for office.”
Investigators spoke to 179 people, including complainants and current and former members of the executive chamber, James said. She said the probe resulted in a “clear picture” of what she called a “climate of fear” in which Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, many of them young.
James launched her investigation into the allegations after receiving a formal request from Cuomo’s office on March 1 to do so as the number of publicly reported allegations mounted.
James named two veteran outside attorneys to run the investigation: Joon Kim, a former federal prosecutor and acting US attorney in Manhattan, and Anne Clark, an employment lawyer with experience in sexual harassment cases.
Kim told the briefing that the Cuomo workplace was “rife with bullying, fear and intimidation” and one in which crossing the governor or his senior staff meant you would be “written off, cast aside or worse.”
The report shows that investigators did not find Cuomo’s explanations about his encounters to be credible. It said Cuomo’s “blanket denials and lack of recollection as to specific incidents stood in stark contrast to the strength, specificity, and corroboration of the complainants’ recollections.”
It was a swift fall from grace for the governor. Cuomo became nationally popular last year in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by presenting himself as an authoritative figure in daily televised press conferences. The complaints about sexual harassment emerged after broader criticism by Democratic politicians in the state that Cuomo governed through intimidation.
Cuomo, the divorced father of three adult daughters, was elected to three terms as governor, as was his late father, Mario Cuomo. Like his father, Andrew Cuomo resisted the temptation to run for US president despite much speculation about possible national ambitions.

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