After an exhaustive investigation, the New York Attorney General confirmed that Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed “several women” by touching them inappropriately, saying inappropriate words and giving them unwanted kisses.
Cuomo denies the allegations against him, however, the testimonies of more than a hundred people point to him as guilty. Investigators analyzed the cases of 11 women.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. I am 63 years old. I’ve lived my entire adult life in public view. That is just not who I am,” the governor said.
In filing the 168-page report Tuesday, U.S. Attorney James argued that Cuomo violated state and federal laws by harassing women amid a climate of fear and intimidation.
The White House has called the New York governor’s alleged actions “abhorrent”. Acts that were captured in a detailed report of what the harassment was like. Also, President Joe Biden recommended him to resign.
The report on the sexual harassment allegations filed against Cuomo concluded that the governor followed a “pattern of behavior” for years.
“Our investigation revealed that these were not isolated incidents; they were part of a pattern,” Joon H. Kim, one of the lawyers who led the inquiry, told reporters.
Nine of these women are or were New York state officials. According to investigators, the cases are not limited to members of Cuomo’s staff, but to other areas of government.
Some women described being groped, kissed or sat on Cuomo’s lap. One claimed the governor reached under her blouse to touch her breast and another said Cuomo asked her if she was willing to have sex with an older man.
“Women also described to us having the governor seek them out, stare intently at them, look them up and down or gaze at their chest or butt,” said Anne Clark, the other attorney who led the investigations.
An Andrew Cuomo harassment case no one knew about
While several of these sexual abuse allegations had been known about for months, the report describes two cases that had never come to public light. One involves a female police officer who was allegedly touched and kissed by Cuomo.
“Gov. Andrew Cuomo “inappropriately touched” a female police officer in his security detail: In an elevator, while standing behind the trooper, he ran his finger from her neck down her spine […] On another occasion, he grabbed his open hand and ran it across her stomach.” investigators noted.
According to the report, two months later the governor made the woman a member of his personal protection team, despite the fact that she did not have the minimum three years of experience required.
The woman said that the governor touched her a few times without her wanting him to. On one such occasion, she said, Cuomo reached behind her back in an elevator and ran his finger down her spine, from her neck to the middle of her back. “Hey, you,” the governor then told her.
Another time, the woman said, Cuomo kissed her on the cheek in front of a police officer. On another occasion when Cuomo asked to kiss her again, she turned him down.
Cuomo admitted in the report that he may have kissed the woman during a Christmas party, but denied touching her back or stomach.