The investigation lasted almost five months conducted by two lawyers who spoke to 179 people and described the administration he led as a “hostile working environment and pervaded by fear and intimidation”
NEW YORK. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo “sexually assaulted more women,” including some employees still in business. The state attorney general, Letitia James, said, announcing the results of an independent investigation into the allegations against the powerful Democrat. A few hours later, President Biden and the speaker of the US House of Congress, Nancy Pelosi, ask the governor to resign.
“The independent investigation concluded that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually assaulted more women and violated federal and state law in doing so,” James said at a news conference. According to James, the investigation found that Cuomo “sexually harassed current and former New York state employees with unwanted and non-consensual contact and making numerous comments of a sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”
The investigation, which lasted nearly five months, was conducted by two outside lawyers who spoke to 179 people and described the Cuomo administration as “a hostile working environment”, “filled with fear and intimidation.” People heard included plaintiffs, former government employees, and outsiders with constant interactions with the governor. “These talks and evidence revealed a deeply disturbing but clear picture: Governor Cuomo sexually assaulted current and former employees,” the prosecutor said at a press conference. On at least one occasion, according to the investigation, Cuomo and his inner circle also acted in reprisals against a former employee who accused him of misconduct. In addition, the investigation found harassment of women outside the state government. James stressed that the investigation would not have been possible without “the heroic women who came forward” and denounced.
Last year, the politician was accused by various women, who said they were inappropriately touched and sexually harassed when they worked with him or met him at public events. One collaborator said that Cuomo would touch her breasts, another that he would kiss her on the lips in his office and “would do anything to touch my lower back, arms and legs”.
Other collaborators said Cuomo would ask them personal questions about sex and intimate relationships. One of them, Charlotte Bennett, said she would ask her if she was willing to have sex with an older man. Last winter, a chorus of requests for resignation from the Democrat rose, including from various politicians, including Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Cuomo, who denies any allegations, refused to leave the post, instead raising funds for a fourth term. The attorney general’s report could play an important role in the ongoing investigation at the State Assembly to determine whether there are grounds for Cuomo’s impeachment. The Assembly has its own legal team charged with investigating the governor’s conduct, including on other issues.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, asked Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign: “My first thoughts – he added – are with the women who have been subjected to this repugnant behavior and their courage in coming forward and sharing the their stories “. Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand also called for the governor’s resignation.