Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, sexually harassed his associates, according to state prosecutors. The report, released on Tuesday, after a five-month investigation, confirmed the accusations previously made against the politician. Cuomo questions the validity of the allegations and says he will not resign from office. US President Joe Biden judged the governor “should resign” following the findings of the investigation.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a 168-page report on Tuesday, the result of a five-month investigation following the first harassment charges against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The investigation found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York State officials,” Letitia James Attorney General said at a press conference. She added that investigators spoke to 179 people during the investigation.
Andrew Cuomo has committed sexual harassment. Report results
State prosecution investigators said there was an “atmosphere of fear and intimidation” in the governor’s office, which meant that the accusations against him did not materialize until some time later. The investigation showed that he allegedly committed inappropriate behavior against 11 women cooperating with him, including the policewoman who was protecting him. The document showed that Cuomo indulged in unwanted kissing, groping and made suggestive comments towards women.
The report dismissed Cuomo’s claims that his behavior was an innocent reflection of the tender Italian-American culture in which he was raised. According to investigators, “the general denial and forgetfulness of specific incidents declared by the governor” were of little credibility. The document stated that what the witnesses, among others, described “is not just old-fashioned, affectionate behavior – it was sexual harassment.”
Despite the confirmation of the accusations, the politician is not facing criminal charges because the investigation was conducted in a civil case. However, the Albany County District Attorney is conducting his own investigation and has requested the materials already collected on the case.
Cuomo denies the allegations
Coming from the Democratic Party, Cuomo rejected all charges and announced that he would not resign. “I have never touched anyone inappropriately, nor made any inappropriate sexual offers,” the politician assured in a recorded statement. – I’m 63 years old. I lived my entire adult life in public view – he pointed out, adding that he is not the person presented in the report.
“The facts are very different from what has been presented,” added Cuomo. He also assessed that the results of the investigation were inaccurate and unfair. He argued that his words, gestures and behavior were misinterpreted and were always intended to convey warmth to women.
New York senators and Cuomo’s party colleagues – Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand – again called on the governor to step down. “No elected official is above the law. New Yorkers deserve better leadership in the governor’s office,” they wrote in a joint statement.
Joe Biden: Cuomo should quit
US President Joe Biden referred to the case on Tuesday. He judged that, in the light of the investigative findings, the governor “should resign” from his function. He added that he was aware of reports about the possible impeachment of the governor by the state parliament. However, he did not answer the question of whether the governor should hear the criminal charges.
Earlier, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said she did not know if anyone could have watched the attorney general’s Tuesday conference and “did not find the allegations repulsive.” “I certainly did,” she said.
Reuters recalls that the American leader has already said that Cuomo should resign if a prosecution investigation confirms the allegations as true. In addition to Biden, Cuomo’s resignation was summoned by House of Representatives announcer Nancy Pelosi and US Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer.
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