New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, many of them young, and in doing so violated federal and state law, state attorney general Letitia James announced Tuesday, concluding a four-month investigation into the Sexual harassment allegations against the powerful third-term Democrat.
The detailed report found that Cuomo participated in a pattern of sexually-based harassment targeting current and former state employees, as well as non-state employees. The behavior included unwanted and non-consensual touches of “private parts of the body,” as well as repeated gender and sexualized comments. According to the report, the governor retaliated against at least one woman who made her claims public, Lindsey Boylan, and her office created an unpublished memo that sought to target Boylan with conspiracy theories claiming that she was being financed by Donald’s far-right supporters. . Triumph.
The report did not find that Cuomo’s actions should be subject to criminal prosecution.
The investigation, which specifically rejected Cuomo’s defense that his conduct was nothing more than “customary” friendly gestures, found that Cuomo created a hostile work environment “riddled with harassment, fear and intimidation.”
Cuomo, in a video message, rejected the findings and denied the allegations of inappropriate touching. He also offered a slideshow of photos showing him hugging several individuals to try to show that their behavior was not sexual. As Cuomo responded, three New York Democrats – Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Thomas Suozzi and Gregory Meeks: added their names to the long list of lawmakers calling on the governor to resign.
“I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances,” Cuomo said in his response. “I am 63 years old. I have lived my entire adult life in public view. That’s not what I am. “
All eyes are now on the state legislature, which has the power to impeach Cuomo.