An investigation that was launched into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found that he sexually harassed multiple current and former state government employees, according to state Attorney General Letitia James who announced the findings on Tuesday.
The investigation, which was carried out by two outside lawyers, found that the Cuomo administration was a “hostile work environment” and that it was full of “fear and intimidation.”
Cuomo faced multiple allegations last winter that he inappropriately touched and sexually harassed women who worked with him or who he met at public events. One aide in his office said he groped her breast.
Another, Lindsey Boylan, said Cuomo kissed her on the lips after a meeting in his office and “would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs.”advertisement — content continues below
After Boylan first made her allegations public in December, the Cuomo administration undercut her story by releasing personnel memos to media outlets revealing that Boylan resigned after she was confronted about complaints she belittled and yelled at her staff.
Boylan went on to claim that those records “were leaked to the media in an effort to smear me.”
There have been other aides that have come out and claimed that Cuomo asked them unwelcome personal questions concerning the topics of sex and dating. Which is, of course, super creepy and unprofessional.
Charlottee Bennett, a former aide, stated that the governor asked if she was open to the idea of having sex with an older man.
During the previous winter, many individuals called for Cuomo to step down from his post, which included many top elected Democrats in the state of New York, such as Sen. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. However, Cuomo refused to resign and has been trying to raise money to run for a fourth term as governor.
Cuomo has actually become rather defiant in the face of these allegations. He’s denied ever touching any of the staff inappropriately, though he actually apologized initially if his behavior toward women was “misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation.”
He’s gone on the attack in recent months stating he did nothing wrong and then questioning the motives behind his accusers.
This report from the attorney general is going to be playing a big role in determining whether or not the Assembly will move to impeach Cuomo.