An extended-awaited report issued Tuesday by New York Legal professional Common Letitia James into sexual harassment allegations towards Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed a number of accounts from accusers who’ve gone public.
However the report additionally revealed beforehand unknown accusations, together with one by a state trooper assigned to Cuomo’s safety element.
Investigators employed particularly for this case mentioned they corroborated the accounts of no less than 11 ladies.
Cuomo denied lots of the allegations, saying he by no means touched anybody inappropriately. These he didn’t deny — like kissing ladies on their cheeks and calling them names like “sweetheart” — had been harmless or overblown, he mentioned.
This is a take a look at the ladies and their allegations, as described by the investigators, and Cuomo’s responses:
TROOPER NO. 1
A state trooper whom Cuomo efficiently sought to have assigned to his safety element mentioned the governor kissed her cheek, touched her stomach and again and made inappropriate, gender-based remarks to and about her, together with asking her why she didn’t put on a gown. A number of different troopers witnessed these acts and corroborated her allegations, in keeping with the report. The trooper wasn’t recognized by identify within the report and has not instructed her story publicly.
A 26-page assertion issued by Cuomo’s legal professional, Rita Glavin, after the report’s launch doesn’t point out the trooper, whose account was not public earlier than Tuesday.
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT NO. 1
A girl who labored in Cuomo’s workplace turned visibly emotional watching a press convention early this 12 months through which Cuomo denied ever touching anybody inappropriately, investigators wrote. She instructed colleagues Cuomo had reached underneath her shirt and groped her breast in his workplace on the governor’s mansion three months earlier. The governor’s workers later reported the allegations to Albany police.
The lady additionally instructed investigators Cuomo had, on varied events since 2019, grabbed her buttocks, kissed her on the lips, hugged her inappropriately and pried into her private life.
Cuomo says he by no means groped her, pointing to textual content messages the manager assistant despatched to different workers on the day in query, indicating nothing was amiss, as proof it did not occur. He instructed investigators she initiated their hugs, and that he was “extra within the reciprocal enterprise.” CHARLOTTE BENNETT
Bennett, a low-level aide to Cuomo, mentioned the governor requested her about her love life, together with whether or not she ever had intercourse with older males, whether or not she had been with older males and whether or not she was monogamous. He additionally instructed her that he was “lonely” and “wished to be touched,” in keeping with the report.
When Bennett complained to administration officers that she felt just like the governor was hitting on her, she was transferred to a different job. The administration didn’t formally examine or report the allegations to the governor’s Workplace of Worker Relations, the legal professional normal’s investigators decided.
Cuomo apologized to Bennett in a recorded video launched in response to the legal professional normal’s report, saying that he had been making an attempt to counsel her after she confided in him that she is a sexual assault survivor as a result of somebody in his household had suffered an analogous expertise.
STATE ENTITY EMPLOYEE NO. 1
A girl who labored for an entity affiliated with the state instructed investigators that Cuomo tapped and grabbed her butt whereas they posed for a photograph at a 2019 occasion sponsored by her group. She instructed associates about it on the time, the report states.
Cuomo’s assertion doesn’t point out this interplay.
Virginia Limmiatis, an power firm employee, mentioned Cuomo ran his fingers on the lettering that ran throughout the chest of her shirt once they met in a rope line at a 2017 occasion. He then instructed her he was going to say there was a spider on her shoulder and proceeded to brush her chest along with his hand, the report mentioned.
Limmiatis instantly instructed different attendees what had occurred, investigators discovered, however she did not come ahead till seeing Cuomo’s press convention this 12 months denying he’d touched anybody inappropriately.
The assertion from Cuomo’s legal professional doesn’t point out this interplay.
The report discovered that Cuomo kissed, touched, and made inappropriate feedback to Lindsey Boylan whereas she served in varied roles working carefully with the governor. He commented on Boylan’s bodily look and attractiveness, in contrast her to a former girlfriend and urged they play strip poker, investigators discovered.
The legal professional normal’s report additionally says that “the Government Chamber actively engaged in an effort to discredit her” after Boylan, the governor’s first accuser to go public, reported the harassment in December 2020. This included leaking information associated to her departure from her job.
The assertion launched by Cuomo’s legal professional delves into these particulars, saying Boylan was dismissed for bullying subordinates and suggesting she made up her sexual harassment claims to additional her personal political aspirations.
Cuomo made inappropriate feedback to a different govt assistant, Alyssa McGrath, together with commenting on her neckline after staring down her free shirt, often asking about her marital standing and asking whether or not she would inform on Government Assistant No. 1 if she had been to cheat on her husband, the report says.
Cuomo’s legal professional’s assertion concedes he referred to McGrath and Government Assistant No. 1 as “mingle mamas,” however solely after they mentioned they had been “single and able to mingle” forward of a enterprise journey.
One other girl, listed simply as “Kaitlin” within the report, was employed to work for the governor after assembly him at a fundraising occasion in December 2016. Cuomo often made Kaitlin uncomfortable by commenting on her look and telling her she was not prepared for work if she was not carrying make-up, and by calling her “sponge” — apparently a reference to his recommendation to take in information from others — which she instructed investigators she discovered embarrassing, condescending and demeaning.
Glavin’s assertion says the governor ceaselessly feedback on staffers’ appearances, normally in a complimentary vogue. It additionally says he was annoyed with Kaitlin’s job efficiency.
Ana Liss labored as an aide in Cuomo’s workplace from 2013 to 2015, and instructed investigators he kissed and touched her, addressed her virtually solely as “sweetheart” or “darling,” made inquiries about her relationship standing and made inappropriate remarks about her look. Within the report, Liss explains that she didn’t instantly come ahead in regards to the harassment as a result of, within the governor’s workplace, “the everyday guidelines didn’t apply.”
Cuomo’s legal professional’s assertion notes that Liss tweeted favorably at and about Cuomo lengthy after she left his workplace, suggesting that undercuts her account. The legal professional’s assertion additionally suggests the timing of Liss coming ahead was politically motivated.
“The governor’s interactions with Alyssa McGrath, Ana Liss and Kaitlin had been unremarkable,” Glavin’s assertion says.
STATE ENTITY EMPLOYEE NO. 2
A physician on the state well being division instructed investigators Cuomo made a sexually suggestive remark simply earlier than she carried out a COVID-19 nasal swab check on him throughout a televised press convention at first of the pandemic.
“You make that robe look good,” Cuomo mentioned after thanking her in the course of the press convention.
She instructed investigators she discovered the feedback demeaning and felt Cuomo would not have made them to a male physician.
Glavin’s assertion would not tackle this allegation.
In September 2019, Anna Ruch met Cuomo at a marriage reception for one among Cuomo’s workers members. She instructed investigators Cuomo touched her naked again and, after she eliminated his hand, grabbed her face and kissed her. Ruch mentioned the governor remarked, “Wow, you’re aggressive.” Ruch’s buddy photographed the encounter.
Cuomo says he generally kisses folks on the face, attributing it to his Italian heritage, and mentioned he did not imply to make Ruch really feel uncomfortable.