Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces misdemeanor complaint of forcible touching

Written by on October 28, 2021

ALBANY, N.Y. – Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo was accused of forcibly touching a lady on the Govt Mansion late final yr in a felony grievance filed Thursday in Albany Metropolis Court docket.

The Albany County Sheriff’s Workplace filed a complaint in Albany Metropolis Court docket accusing the governor of reaching underneath the shirt of the lady and grabbing her left breast within the late afternoon of Dec. 7, 2020, an alleged incident that helped result in Cuomo’s downfall as governor in August.

The grievance, filed Thursday by Investigator Amy Kowalski, accused Cuomo of “knowingly and deliberately” committing the crime of forcible touching, a category A misdemeanor. 

The sufferer’s identify was redacted in a replica of the grievance supplied by the state Workplace of Court docket Administration, however she has beforehand publicly identified herself as Brittany Commisso, 33, an government assistant to the governor.

“Andrew M. Cuomo did deliberately, and for no authentic objective, forcibly place his hand underneath the shirt shirt of the sufferer … and onto her intimate physique half,” the grievance reads. 

“Particularly, the sufferer’s left breast for the needs of degrading and gratifying his sexual wishes, all opposite to the provisions of the statute in such case made and supplied.”

Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the state Workplace of Court docket Administration, confirmed receipt of the grievance. It was not instantly clear when Cuomo shall be required to look in courtroom to face the cost.

Cuomo’s spokesman had no rapid remark. The previous governor has repeatedly denied touching anybody inappropriately.

Cuomo formally resigned Aug. 23, three weeks after state Legal professional Common Letitia James’ workplace issued a bombshell report that concluded he sexually harassed 11 girls, 9 of whom had been state workers.

A kind of girls was Commisso, who advised James’ investigators that Cuomo had pulled her in for a detailed hug throughout an encounter late final yr on the Govt Mansion, the place Cuomo lived and infrequently labored.

At that time, Cuomo reached underneath her shirt and grabbed her breast over her bra, based on the report.

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Commisso unveiled her id in an August interview with CBS This Morning and the Times Union of Albany, recounting her story and explaining why she determined to come back ahead.

She got here ahead to members of Cuomo’s workplace on March 3, when the then-governor was accused by no less than two different girls of sexual harassment. At a information convention the place Cuomo denied harassing anybody, Commisso broke down in entrance of her coworkers.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference, Monday, May 10, 2021 in New York.

“I imagine that he groped me, he touched me, not solely as soon as, however twice. And I do not suppose that that had occurred to any of the opposite girls,” Commisso stated within the media interview.

Commisso, in her testimony with James’ investigators, had been not sure of the precise date of the alleged encounter with Cuomo, however stated it occurred late within the yr.

James’ report steered the encounter was on a selected November date, however the sheriff’s grievance says it occurred Dec. 7 between 3:51 p.m. and 4:07 p.m.

The grievance lists off the proof the sheriff’s workplace collected in assist of its claims, together with BlackBerry PIN messages — Cuomo’s most well-liked technique of communication — and different cellular phone information, in addition to Commisso’s Capitol swipe card and State Police aviation information from that day.

Cuomo has repeatedly denied that he inappropriately touched anybody. In August, his lawyer, Rita Glavin, particularly denied Commisso’s declare.

“The governor has repeatedly denied that ever came about, and fairly frankly, when she first raised this in early March, he was shocked,” Glavin stated.


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