Six key moments from the transcripts of the investigation against Andrew Cuomo for sexual harassment.

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source: nytimes.com

Six key moments from the transcripts of the investigation against Andrew Cuomo for sexual harassment.

The interviews are part of a five-month investigation into the allegations against the former New York governor that led to his resignation.

The transcripts released Wednesday by the office of the attorney general of the state of New York detailed interviews with then-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and ten people who accused him of sexual harassment.

The allegations include Lindsey Boylan, a former state economic development official who in December became the first to publicly indict Cuomo, Charlotte Bennett, a former aide to the governor, and Brittany Commisso, a former executive aide who filed a criminal complaint in August against Cuomo.

Several people who held positions in the governor's office also spoke to investigators, including a person identified as Kaitlin, whose account was described in detail by New York Magazine, Ana Liss, who worked as a policy advisor in his office from 2013 to 2015, and Alyssa McGrath. She was still in office when she gave her testimony in March.

The others were Virginia Limmiatis, an employee of the National Grid energy company who met Cuomo at a 2017 event, two state officials who were not identified, and a police officer who was also not named.

The interviews were part of a five-month investigation by outside attorneys looking into the allegations against Cuomo that led to his resignation in August. The transcripts offer a stark account of the testimonies about Cuomo's conduct. The former governor continues to deny that he touched women inappropriately.

Here are some key moments from the transcripts:

"It was uncomfortable."

One of the report's main findings released by the attorney general's office in August was the account of state police assigned to Cuomo's protection team. His experiences with the governor, which included several instances of inappropriate physical contact, convinced many state legislators to call for Cuomo's resignation. The transcript offered the first account, in the first person, of his complaints.

"I knew that I would be in trouble and not him."

Commisso, who worked as Cuomo's executive assistant, accused him of groping her and touching her breast in the official residence of the governors of New York, the so-called Executive Mansion. Last month, Cuomo was charged with forcible touching of Commisso. Still, the case was called into question when the Albany County district attorney said the criminal complaint was "possibly flawed."

In its statement, Commisso referred to the reasons why it did not initially report. In August, he first spoke publicly about his allegations in a joint interview with CBS This Morning and the Albany Times Union.

"This is what he wants, this he gets it."

Bennet, an executive assistant and health policy advisor during Cuomo's tenure, said the governor repeatedly asked him about his sex life, his preferences, and that he was single. Bennet had just turned 25 at the time.

Bennet has said that the work environment in the governor's office was "extremely toxic and extremely abusive."

"It was well known that he prefers blondes."

McGrath had described a series of disturbing interactions with the governor and previously told The New York Times that Cuomo was throwing lustful glances at her body, commenting on her appearance, and making suggestive comments to her and another executive assistant.

In his statement, he described an emphasis on appearance and frank favoritism.

"His actions were not ambiguous."

Limits told investigators that Cuomo touched her "inappropriately" after speaking at a public event. Limits, who works for National Grid, an energy company, had lined up to meet him, and he was wearing a T-shirt with his company name on it. The governor "ran two fingers across his chest, pressing down on each letter as he did so and reading the name of the power company as he went along," according to the attorney general's report published in August.

"Then the governor leaned in, his face close to Limmiatis' cheek and said 'I'm going to say I see a spider on your shoulder,' before running his hand over the area between her shoulder and her breasts (and under the clavicle)," according to the report.

"I take phenomenal precautions."

Cuomo has repeatedly denied the allegations. During his about 11-hour interview with investigators this summer, Cuomo often adopted an aggressive tone, characterizing the state attorney-supervised inquiry as a "politically biased investigation."