New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually molested at least 11 women and then retaliated a former employee who publicly complained about his behavior, according to a bombshell report released Tuesday by Attorney General Letitia James.
The month-long investigation concluded that Cuomo “sexually molested several women in violation of federal and state laws,” James said at a press conference.
The 165-page report, which includes interviews with 179 witnesses and a review of tens of thousands of documents, also stated that Cuomo’s office was steeped in fear and intimidation and was a hostile work environment for many employees.
Cuomo harassed his own employees, members of the public, and other government employees, one of whom was a state trooper, the report said.
The results show “a deeply troubling but clear picture,” said James, describing Cuomo’s office as a “toxic workplace”.
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Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment on the attorney general’s report.
The announcement came about two weeks after Cuomo was interviewed by investigators hired by James’ office to investigate. Cuomo was reportedly interviewed for 11 hours.
The investigation into numerous allegations of sexual harassment by Cuomo began in March after the State Executive Chamber granted James’ inquiries.
Later that month, dozens of the state’s Democratic lawmakers – including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with whom Cuomo has long had a strained relationship – called on the governor to resign.
New York Congregation spokesman Carl Heastie, also a Democrat, authorized a panel in mid-March to open an impeachment investigation into allegations of harassment and other allegations of wrongdoing by Cuomo, including whether his staff tried to gather data on coronavirus deaths in New to hide or change York nursing homes.
Cuomo has defended himself against all allegations, repeatedly rejecting requests to resign, despite apologizing for making some women feel uncomfortable.
“I never molested anyone, I never attacked anyone, I never abused anyone,” Cuomo said in March. “I will not resign.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the CNBC report.
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