Andrew Cuomo is charged with forcibly touching aide who claimed he groped her breast – two months after being pushed out by Letitia James (the woman now vying for his job)
Ousted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with forcible touching, two months after being pushed out of office by New York AG Letitia James, the woman now campaigning for his job.
The charges were filed on Thursday in Albany City Court. They relate to the allegation of Brittany Commisso, a former aide who claimed Cuomo groped her breast in the office of the Executive Mansion in Albany in November 2020, at the height of his pandemic popularity. He has always denied it.
Her claim was the most serious of all of the allegations listed in James’ verslag doen, which Cuomo has always maintained was a hit-job by the AG to get him out of her way. She is running for governor in November 2022.
As skuldig bevind, Cuomo – who has not yet commented – could face up to one year in prison.
The announcement of the charge was chaotic on Thursday; the criminal summons was filed hastily, before sheriff’s deputies had received the permission of Commisso. It was then leaked to a local reporter in Albany, who tweeted about it and published a brief report on New York Focus.
Spokespeople for the Albany County Sheriff’s Department then refused to confirm or deny whether or not their office had filed charges.
Eventually Lucien Chalfen, a spokesman for the court system, confirmed it to Die Washington Post.
Cuomo is pictured with Brittany Commisso, the former aide who claims he groped her breast in the Executive Mansion in November 2020. The picture was taken in 2019 and she says he’d touched her behind shortly before it was taken
Commisso claimed that she felt violated and that Cuomo wouldn’t ‘touch his mother’ the way he did her. He has always denied her claims
‘A Misdemeanor Complaint against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed in Albany City Court.
‘As this is a sex crime, a redacted complaint will be available shortly,’ hy het gesê.
The Times Union – another local Albany paper – reports that the charges had been filed too early in a clerical error.
Commisso was one of multiple women who gave evidence against Cuomo as part of the AG’s investigation.
She also spoke on TV about the alleged incident in November 2020.
'Ek het gesê, “Goewerneur, you’re going to get us in trouble.” Then I thought to myself, that probably wasn’t the best thing to say.
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‘That’s when he put his hand up my blouse and cupped my breast over my bra.
‘I remember seeing his hand, which is a large hand, and thinking “oh my God, this is happening.”
‘He didn’t say anything,’ sy het gese.
Cuomo tried to fight the claims, resisting an Albany impeachment proceeding and pushing on with the COVID governance he was revered for at the start of the year, before eventually bowing out.
Since resigning, he has made few public statements aside from to bash James and her report, which he says is all politically motivated.
The allegations of sexual misconduct peppered the final year of his ten year governorship.
He got the job after his predecessor, Elliot Spitzer, resigned in shame having been caught patronizing a prostitution service.