By Jenny Goldsberry
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that her investigation found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. This comes after investigators spoke to 179 individuals and reviewed 74,000 pieces of evidence according to James.
“Specifically, the investigation found that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed current and former New York State employees by engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching and making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women,” James said.
Then, Cuomo himself was interviewed for 11 hours. “We found his denials to lack credibility and to be inconsistent with the weight of evidence obtained during our investigation,” James said.
However the AG’s office also found that Cuomo’s office enabled his behavior. “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,” the report reads. “That culture also influenced the improper and inadequate ways in which the Executive Chamber has responded to allegations of harassment.”
These allegations against Cuomo began in February, a former aide took her story of abuse to The New York Times. Then aide, Charlotte Bennett, alleged that Cuomo had asked her questions about her sex life during a June 2020 conversation in his office. She interpreted Cuomo’s comments to be “clear overtures to a sexual relationship.” Another ex-aide, Lindsey Boylan claimed in a February Medium post that he had engaged in inappropriate gestures, even including an unwanted kiss.
Cuomo’s office has not been responding to requests for comment.
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