The district attorneys for Manhattan, Westchester County and Albany County have all launched criminal investigations into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) after an independent investigation found he sexually harassed 11 women, including employees in his office.
All three DAs have requested the evidence turned up by the New York State Attorney General’s Office, which published the findings of a five-month investigation conducted by two outside attorneys into Cuomo on Tuesday morning.
Albany County DA David Soares announced his office would launch a criminal inquiry into the governor just hours after the bombshell report was made public, imploring “any victim to contact our office with additional information.”
The top prosecutors of Westchester County and Manhattan followed suit on Wednesday, with Westchester DA Mimi Rocah, in a letter first reported by NBC News, alerting James to her plan to probe whether the alleged misconduct that occurred in her jurisdiction was “criminal in nature.”
A spokesperson for Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance confirmed a similar inquiry “pertaining to incidents that occurred in Manhattan.”
“When our office learned yesterday that [New York State Attorney General Letitia James’s] investigation of the governor’s conduct was complete, our office contacted the A.G.’s office to begin requesting investigative materials in their possession,” Manhattan DA spokesperson Danny Frost wrote in a tweet Wednesday.
While Cuomo has continued to deny the allegations, the state attorney general’s investigation, whose findings were summarized in a 165-page report, corroborated claims of sexual harassment from 11 different women, including current and former employees. 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.”
“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,” Cuomo said in a response to the report Tuesday afternoon.
Cuomo, who has seen his approval ratings sink over the past few months, is also being investigated by federal prosecutors for his administration’s handling of coronavirus-linked deaths in nursing homes.