Woman files criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo in Albany


Woman files criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo in Albany

Woman files criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo in Albany

A former New York State employee has filed a criminal complaint against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, a spokeswoman told ABC News.

This is believed to be the first complaint filed against the embattled governor in wake of Tuesday’s Attorney General report which concluded he violated state and federal law in sexually harassing at least 11 women.

The woman who filed the complaint is a former assistant to the governor who is identified as “Executive Assistant #1” in Attorney General Letitia James’ report released Tuesday.

“Since approximately late 2019 the Governor engaged in a pattern of inappropriate conduct with Executive Assistant #1,” the report said.

The conduct included close and intimate hugs, kisses, touching and grabbing of her backside and suggestive remarks, according to the investigators. The report listed that Executive Assistant #1 had what appeared to be the most serious allegation against Cuomo, accusing him of reaching under her shirt and fondling her breast in the Executive Mansion in Albany in November 2020.

Cuomo has denied all allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Cuomo’s lawyer Rita Glavin said in a response to the report Tuesday that the governor “never groped Ms. X,” adding, “This claim is false, as the Governor has stated repeatedly and unequivocally.”

The AG report stated that the Albany Police Department was alerted about the alleged groping of Executive Assistant #1.

In response to the Friday complaint, the governor’s spokesperson Richard Azzopardi said in a statement, “As we said previously, we proactively made a referral nearly four months ago in accordance with state policies.”

Albany District Attorney David Soares told WAMC radio, “There is an official report that is now filed with law enforcement,” adding “I believe the sheriff is doing what the sheriff is supposed to do. He’s supposed to take the report.”

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