The investigation, which interviewed 179 people, found that the Democratic leader was rude and retaliated against some of the victims who tried to report it. Attorney General Laetitia James
said her "extremely disturbing" behavior violated state and federal law.
An investigation by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has found that he sexually harassed several women, current and former government employees.
After nearly five months of interrogation by two outside lawyers who spoke to 179 people, it was determined that the Cuomo administration was an anti-work environment and full of fear and intimidation.
These interviews and tests paint a worrying but clear picture: Governor Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees, federal and state laws, "James told a news conference Tuesday.
- Current and former members of the executive chamber.
- State police.
- Other state employees.
- Others who regularly spoke with the governor.
According to the investigation, Cuomo and his staff retaliated against a former employee who accused him of committing a crime on at least one occasion. According to the research, Cuomo was also found to be harassing women outside the government.
James said the investigation would not have been possible without the brave women who came forward.
Cuomo faced multiple allegations last winter of inappropriately touching and sexually harassing women who worked with him or whom he met at public events. An assistant in his office said he had felt his chest.
Another, Lindsay Boylen, said Cuomo kissed her on the lips after a meeting in her office and went out of her way to touch my back, arms and legs.
After Boylen's allegations surfaced in December, the Cuomo administration issued a staff memo to the media distorting the story, revealing that Boylen had resigned after receiving complaints that he had fired him. Defamed and insulted.
he yelled at his staff. Boylan has said those records "were leaked to the media to discredit me."
Other employees have said the Democratic governor asked them unwanted personal questions about sex and dating. For example, a former assistant, Charlotte Bennett, said Cuomo asked her if she would have sex with an older man.
Last winter, many of New York's elected Democrats, including two U.S. senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, called for Cuomo's resignation.
But Cuomo refused to resign and has been raising funds for a fourth term.
Even the president, Joe Biden, responded that he should resign if the investigation confirmed the allegations.
"I think he will probably be tried in the courts after that," he added.
Cuomo's stance on the allegations has also become a challenge.
The governor has always denied having touched anyone inappropriately but initially said he regretted whether his behavior with women had been "misinterpreted as unwanted flirting." However, in recent months, He took a more belligerent stance, saying he had done nothing wrong and questioned the motives of accusers and critics.
The attorney general's report is expected to play a vital role in the ongoing investigation in the state assembly to determine whether there is a basis for Cuomo's removal.
New York State law says that sexual harassment includes unwanted conduct of a sexual nature - from unwanted flirting to sexual jokes - that creates an offensive work environment, regardless of the perpetrator's intent.
On the other hand, the governor has repeatedly stated that he had no intention of harassing anyone. In addition, his office has said he received the state-required sexual harassment training but has not provided any documentation to show that he did.
Cuomo defended the historic 2019 state law, which made it easier for victims of sexual harassment to prove their case in court. Allegedly, victims will no longer have to prove that sexual harassment is "severe and widespread.