AG James: Cuomo harassed multiple women, violated state and federal law

By Published On: August 3rd, 2021Categories: Capitol Notes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, including unwanted groping, kissing and inappropriate comments, and violated state and federal law, according to a four-month investigation into his conduct by the state attorney general’s office.

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the findings of her investigation on Tuesday morning in New York City, saying the evidence revealed a “deeply disturbing” and “clear picture” of harassment. The investigation concluded after private attorneys interviewed 179 individuals, including complainants, current and former executive staffers, the governor and state troopers, and reviewed 74,000 pieces of evidence, including pictures, audio files and emails.

A copy of the 168-page investigation is available below.

Cuomo responded later in the day that “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed.”

James said during her press conference that Cuomo and his senior team took steps to retaliate against at least one former employee, likely referring to the leaking of the personnel file of Lindsey Boylan, the first women to come forward with allegations of misconduct by the governor.

The findings of the report were only made possible because of the “brave women” who came forward, according to James.

After James concluded her remarks, the lead private attorneys provided a detailed account of their findings, including specifics about the conduct that they uncovered. They also revealed new allegations of misconduct by the governor, including from a female state trooper.

In response to the release of the report, Assemblyman Ron Kim, a Queens Democrat and critic of the governor, said in a statement that the findings confirmed that Cuomo is “wholly unfit to serve and must be removed from office immediately.”

“We must return to session immediately and begin the impeachment proceedings,” Kim said.

The investigation into potential misconduct surrounding the writing and promoting of the governor’s  pandemic memoir is ongoing, according to James.

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