… Gov. Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, many of whom were young women, by engaging in unwanted groping, kisses, hugging, and by making inappropriate comments.New York Attorney General Letitia James on an investigation into claims against the NY governor for sexual harassment and assault.
- The 165-page report by the New York attorney general details claims by 11 women who accuse NY Gov. Cuomo of inappropriate touching, harassment and even assault. The report concludes Gov. Cuomo violated state and federal law, and created a hostile work environment.
- The report is referred to as “independent” because two outside lawyers led the investigation for the office of Attorney General James, who is often viewed as a potential Democratic candidate for NY governor.
- NY Governor Cuomo denies the allegations and released a report by his own lawyer to counter these claims. He also posted a 14-minute video explaining his behavior in some specific cases.
- What Happens Next: Several different potential paths: the governor could face impeachment by the NY State Assembly; he also could face lawsuits from the particular areas where these women live (they can file civil or criminal lawsuits) or even a federal investigation.
- Why It Matters: Once thought as a rising star in the Democratic party and potentially a presidential hopeful, Gov. Cuomo now faces calls for resignation – ranging from New York lawmakers to the president of the United States.
EXPLAINER: Where does harassment report leave Andrew Cuomo?
We, the investigators appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, conclude that the Governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law. Specifically, we find that the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women. Our investigation revealed that the Governor’s sexually harassing behavior was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other State employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail and members of the public. We also conclude that the Executive Chamber’s culture—one filled with fear and intimidation, while at the same time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based comments—contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist. That culture also influenced the improper and inadequate ways in which the Executive Chamber has responded to allegations of harassment.
by Jenna Lee,