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Cuomo Denies Sexually Harassing Women, Says Attorney General’s Bombshell Investigation Is Wrong

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 3, 2021


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) rebutted the findings of a bombshell report published Tuesday by the state attorney general’s office, saying he never sexually harassed the women the months-long investigation found evidence he did. 

Key Facts

The report from the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James (D) found claims from 11 different women accusing Cuomo of sexual harassment to be credible.

The findings were based on accounts from 179 witnesses and more than 74,000 pieces of evidence, as well as testimony from the governor himself, which were reviewed over the span of five months by two outside lawyers.

However, Cuomo, in a televised response released just hours after the report was made public, denied all claims of inappropriate touching and sexual harassment outlined by the investigators, and made no indication that he plans to resign over the scandal.

“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances … that is just not who I am and that’s not who I ever have been,” the governor said.

Cuomo went on to directly respond to some of the allegations outlined in the report, flatly denying a claim from a former executive assistance—corroborated by investigators—who said she was groped by Cuomo at the governor’s mansion.

“That never happened,” said Cuomo, adding that his attorney has prepared a rebuttal to every allegation put forward in the report: “The facts are much different than what has been portrayed.”

Cuomo did not take questions from reporters and his office did not respond to a request for comment from Forbes.

Crucial Quote

“I welcome the opportunity for a full and fair review before a judge and a jury, because this just did not happen,” Cuomo said.

Key Background

The investigation, whose findings were summarized in a 165-page report, found Cuomo sexually harassed 11 different women, including current and former employees, and retaliated against at least one of the woman who made her claims public. Cuomo harassed these women by “engaging in unwelcome and non-consensual touching and making numerous comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women,” James, a Democrat, announced at a Tuesday morning press conference. One of the investigators also said his team found some women “suffered through unwanted touching and grabbing of their most intimate body parts.” The New York attorney general said Cuomo’s actions were in violation of state and federal law.

What To Watch For

The release of the investigation’s findings has renewed calls for Cuomo’s resignation. The entire New York House delegation has now said the governor should step down. Meanwhile, New York State Democrats are moving forward with an investigation into whether Cuomo should be impeached, which will likely be further catalyzed by this report.

Surprising Fact

The Albany District Attorney’s office, which can bring criminal charges against Cuomo, asked James’ office for its “investigative materials” from the investigation after the report was published.

Further Reading

“Cuomo Sexually Harassed ‘Multiple Women’ In Violation Of State And Federal Law, NY Attorney General Finds” (Forbes)

“Cuomo Reportedly Questioned For 11 Hours As Sexual Harassment Probe Wraps Up” (Forbes)

“Report Of Investigation Into Allegations Of Sexual Harassment By Governor Andrew M. Cuomo” (New York State Attorney General’s Office)

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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