Investigators reveal NY Governor Andrew Cuomo did sexually harass multiple women in office
The Governorship of Andrew Cuomo just became even more contentious as Independent investigators have revealed that he indeed sexually harassed multiple women while in office. In an independent investigation conducted by the Attorney General of New York, the investigators have concluded that the allegations are true. As a result, the calls for the Governor to resign have only accelerated, making it difficult for him to hold on to his office. And now, even President Joe Biden has called for the resignation of the Governor of New York.
The Office of NY Attorney General Letitia James released a statement, while also revealing findings of the report. The AG’s office hired investigators Joon H. Kim and Anne L. Clark, who after 5 months revealed that Cuomo indeed harassed former as well as current employees. The statement read that Cuomo harassed them by:
Engaging in unwanted groping, kissing, and hugging, and making inappropriate comments.
And to make matters worse for the Governor, the press release said that his office also took action against at least one accuser for coming forward with her allegations. As a result, the investigation concluded that Cuomo and his staff members violated multiple Federal and State laws. The investigation against the Governor began after March 1, 2021, after multiple women came forward with allegations in December 2020. The investigation was quite rigorous, with interviews of more than 179 individuals, which included:
Complainants, current and former members of the Executive Chamber, State Troopers, additional state employees, and others.
The investigation was extremely thorough
Other than that, the investigators gathered more than 74,000 emails, documents, text messages, as well as pictures. Moreover, the investigation corroborated and verified multiple eyewitness accounts, reaching the ultimate conclusion that Andrew Cuomo did harass those women. One of the accusers was Lindsey Boylan, who came forward in February 2021 with a detailed account of the harassment she faced from Governor Cuomo. She also revealed email exchanges with her staff members, who told her she was “chosen” by Cuomo for his affections. Her mother was also concerned of her well-being in the presence of the governor.
The Attorney General released a statement regarding Andrew Cuomo’s allegations, emphasizing that no man should be above the law, regardless of how powerful he may be. She said:
This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law. I am grateful to all the women who came forward to tell their stories in painstaking detail, enabling investigators to get to the truth. No man — no matter how powerful — can be allowed to harass women or violate our human rights laws, period.
President Biden calls for Governor Cuomo to resign
As a result of the bombshell investigation report, US President Joe Biden has also called for the resignation of the Governor. He wasn’t aware if he can be impeached or not, but he stood by his statement. The President said:
I think he should resign. I understand that the state legislature may decide to impeach, I don’t know that for a fact.
The Governor also revealed a slideshow of photos of him embracing other officials in the past, including Biden himself. When the reporter asked the President about this, he said:
I’m sure there were some embraces that were totally innocent, but apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t.
Despite such severe backlash, Cuomo is still insistent that he is innocent. In a statement released soon after the bombshell report, the Governor said:
I want you to know directly from me that I never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances.