A woman has filed a criminal complaint against New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, accusing him of sexual misconduct.
The woman alleged that Cuomo reached under her shirt and groped her breasts.
Equally important, the woman is the first to file a criminal complaint among 11 women who have accused the politician of sexual misconduct. This was disclosed by an aide to the New York Governor.
The New York Post reports that the criminal complaint was filed on Thursday with the sheriff’s office in Albany County. Sheriff Craig Apple told the medium that he contacted the Albany County district attorney’s office, which will determine whether to prosecute the governor.
The identity of the woman who filed the complaint was not disclosed.
Reports indicate that she was identified in the attorney general’s report as “Executive Assistant #1.” Further, the report revealed that the alleged sexual assault occurred in November 2020 at the governor’s mansion in Albany. The woman stated that as she prepared to leave the mansion after completing her work; the governor pulled her into his office for a close hug.
According to the allegations, the woman stepped away from Cuomo and said; “You’re going to get us in trouble,” to which he replied, “I don’t care,” and slammed his office door shut. He then slid his hand up her blouse and cupped her breast over her bra, the report said.
She then pulled away and said, “You’re crazy.”
The woman told state investigators that she didn’t respond more forcefully or report the alleged assault because she feared losing her job.
“At the moment I was in such shock that I could just tell you that I just remember looking down, seeing his hand, seeing the top of my bra…,” the executive assistant said.Also, she disclosed that she remembered the exact bra that she was wearing and Cuomo’s hand cupping her breast. She also alleged incidents in which the governor kissed her; including at least once on the lips, and grabbed and rubbed her behind while taking a selfie together.
However, the embattled Governor has denied the allegations.
He told investigators: “To touch a woman’s breast who I hardly know, in the mansion, with 10 staff around; with my family in the mansion, to say ‘I don’t care who sees us’ … I would have to lose my mind to do such a thing.”
One of his lawyers reportedly also argued that he was too busy that day to have time to grope someone in the executive mansion.
But the state report noted that the incident allegedly occurred in the smaller of the governor’s two offices; away from common areas and behind closed doors. There wasn’t any evidence that there were 10 staffers in the vicinity of the private, second-floor office, investigators said.
Anonymous sources told CNN that the Governor’s lawyers are not losing sleep over the complaint because there is no evidence to back it up. Also, the governor’s legal team reportedly held an online briefing with reporters on Friday. At the session, they attacked the attorney general’s report as being biased.
Meanwhile, Cuomo’s alleged sexual assault victims include current and former state employees, as well as private citizens. One is a female state trooper who was on his security detail. She alleged that he ran his hand across her stomach, from her navel to her hip; while she held a door open for him. On another occasion, he ran his finger from the top of her neck down to the middle of her back in an elevator, the state report said.
Equally important, a number of Democratic Party leaders, including President Joe Biden, have called for the Governor’s resignation. The governor has so far refused to step down. But a majority of state lawmakers reportedly support impeaching him if he doesn’t quit.
Post source : https://www.rt.com/usa/531393-cuomo-criminal-complaint-harassment/
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