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Andrew Cuomo wants Letitia James investigated for sexual harassment report: NPR


Andrew Cuomo, then Governor of New York, speaks during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York on July 26, 2021. Cuomo sued Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday, August 11, 2022, arguing that James violated the state law by denying him public assistance. for his defense in a complaint of sexual harassment.

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Andrew Cuomo wants Letitia James investigated for sexual harassment report: NPR

Andrew Cuomo, then Governor of New York, speaks during a news conference at Yankee Stadium in New York on July 26, 2021. Cuomo sued Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday, August 11, 2022, arguing that James violated the state law by denying him public assistance. for his defense in a complaint of sexual harassment.

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Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking the State Supreme Court to investigate New York Attorney General Letitia James for releasing a report claiming he sexually assaulted multiple women during of his mandate.

Cuomo claims James manipulated the investigation to further his own gubernatorial run, failed to appoint independent investigators to the case and omitted crucial evidence from his report released last August.

Cuomo argued that James’ press conference announcing the report’s findings “was meant to be prejudicial and highly inflammatory, and to vilify me in the public eye, and to mislead the public and the press that I had sexually harassed eleven women , which simply wasn’t true,” he wrote in a letter to Jorge Dopico, chief counsel for the New York Supreme Court attorneys’ grievance committee, tasked with disciplining attorneys for the State.

The former governor, who was in his third term, resigned shortly after the report was published and apologized to his accusers for everything he had done to offend them.

“I got to know people too much,” he said at the time. “My sense of humor can be callous and off-putting. I casually cuddle and kiss people, women and men. I’ve done that all my life.”

Cuomo alleges in the complaint that James had evidence that undermined the women’s claims, but did not investigate further, such as male staffers who say Cuomo also hugged and kissed them, showing that his conduct was not “not based on gender” and that one of his accusers was sued in 2017 for allegedly making false accusations of sexual misconduct against a Hamilton University student.

James’ attorneys leading the investigation, Joon Kim and Anne Clark, are also named in the complaint, as Cuomo claims they were not impartial. Kim previously investigated the former governor and Clark is a plaintiff attorney who specializes in workplace discrimination.

Additionally, James called Cuomo a “serial sexual harasser” and “sick and pathetic,” violating one of the responsibilities of an American Bar Association attorney, which states, “In the context of a lawsuit criminal, a prosecutor’s out-of-court statement can create the problem of increasing public condemnation of defendants,” Cuomo states in his complaint.

James never filed a complaint against Cuomo. In the report, she said despite its findings, “we do not come to a conclusion in this report as to whether the conduct amounts to or should be criminally prosecuted.”

Cuomo faced a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching filed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, but it was dropped in January.


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